EIGHT BELLS: Laurent Bourgnon and Florence Arthaud

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From left: the late Laurent Bourgnon, sailor Philippe Poupon, and the late Florence Arthaud

From left: the late Laurent Bourgnon, sailor Philippe Poupon, and the late Florence Arthaud

Tragically, Yvan Bourgnon’s older brother, Laurent, 49, disappeared while diving in Tahiti on June 24, the day after Yvan completed his epic solo voyage.

Like Yvan, Laurent was a top-level multihull racer, winning many shorthanded races including the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Twostar, Quebec-St. Malo and Route du Rhum before he retired from top-level racing in 2008 to go cruising with his family.
His death followed the untimely passing of renowned French yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, 58, who perished in a helicopter accident in Chile last March. The hard-charging Arthaud was a pioneering sailor whose successes—including a hard-fought Route du Rhum victory—paved the way for other female sailors to reach the top levels of the sport.

Photo courtesy of bobostudio

MHS Fall 2015

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