Have a - picturesque and spectacular - look at the maintenance work currently being done on the hull of Fleur de Passion at The Yard shipyard, on the Brisbane River. The boat was lifted out of the water on 5 March 2017 and will return to her natural environment on 14 March after the work has been completed by a team of dedicated specialists who came specially from Europe, as they’ve working on the boat so often and know her by heart.
Let's not be afraid of this paradox, it is now summer in Australia, and it is very hot in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. However, this is the period when Fleur de Passion "hibernates", as it was completely unrigged and prepared for the shipyard in the region where it will receive its annual maintenance in a few weeks time. The sailboat will then come out of the water - for the first time since its departure of Seville in April 2015, that is to say nineteen months ago - thanks to a crane of a certain size to hoist its 100 tons dry. But for now, it is the occasion of some unusual photos of Fleur de Passion with bare poles at wharf A in Rivergate Marina, downstream of the city.
The crossing of the Pacific is over!! Fleur de Passion arrived on Monday 14 November around 6PM local time (9am in Geneva) at Rivergate, the marina on the right bank of the Brisbane River, at the end of its voyage from New Caledonia. For The Ocean Mapping Expedition, this is the end of seven months of crossing the Pacific Ocean, that begun in Chile last April. This stopover marks above all the accomplishment of the demi tour of the world since the departure of the expedition from Seville on 13 April 2015, almost nineteen months to the day. What an amazing journey since that Andalusian night that saw the sailboat depart on the black waters of the Guadalquivir! The muddy ones of the Brisbane River, are brownish. And while the ship still has to fulfil the entry formalities to the Down Under country, all the crew is confined on board, but visibly happy to have arrived after the last 11 days at sea.