Capucine Trochet drew a smile on the Atlantic aboard Tara Tari

The story of Capucine Trochet is the story of a young woman whose head is full of projects and adventures. And then one day, everything collapses, his body no longer responds. It’s chaos in his life but his meeting with Tara Tari will give him stars in his eyes.

Capucine Trochet is a girl who loves the mountains. Very young, she left to discover the world, often alone. At 23, she crossed Chile on foot from north to south in the Andes. And then once arrived at the bottom in Patagonia, she decides to learn to sail to go to Antarctica.

A new challenge awaits her: embarking on offshore racing. She has never sailed and must learn everything from navigation to DIY on board. She moved to Lorient, bought a boat, Pilgrim a 6.50m racing sailboat with which she is embarking on the Mini-Transat project, a solo Atlantic crossing, just for adventure not for competition.

And then everything collapses. Capucine is not well, her body no longer responds. She suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, also known as Pain Disease. His life becomes a chaos, blocked for long months in the hospital, his dream of the open sea is moving away.

Corentin de Chatelperron is an engineer, he is in Bangladesh and is passionate about jute. He has the idea of ​​using this natural fiber in shipbuilding, as has already been done with flax or hemp. He then embarked on the construction of a small boat of 9m. In three months Tara Tari boat originally dedicated to fishing in Bangladesh is born.

Composed of 40% burlap, 60% fiberglass, and recycled materials, this prototype is made of odds and ends and is unlike any other boat. It is thin and very low on the water. To prove his resistance, in 2010, Corentin de Chatelperron embarked on a maritime adventure between Bangladesh and France which was to last 6 months.

It was at the Paris Boat Show that Capucine Trochet made an appointment with Corentin de Chatelperron to write an article about him. They don’t really know each other, just exchanged a few emails. By meeting Corentin, Capucine discovers Tara Tari “Tara Tari is there in front of me. I see him and smile. How beautiful it is with its orange sails and its banana shape »

Corentin has to go back to Bangladesh and doesn’t know what to do with his little boat. Capucine offers to get it back. She knows that it is the only boat, by its configuration, which will allow her to sail alone, her dream of the open sea then becomes possible again. The boat is physical but not powerful, that’s perfect. Its banana shape seems to draw a smile

For three months, Capucine restores Tara Tari and also recovers. She talks about “group therapy”. They repair themselves together.

I was bad and I met him. We were at a standstill, both stranded at the platform and we helped each other.

Capucine wants to allow Tara Tari to continue her journey and cross the ocean, she is going to make her “her Mini”. She approaches this new challenge with a different mindset. With Tara Tari, Capucine will not leave to flee but “team up with her health problem”

Tara Tari is different so she will navigate differently. Any challenge is always for the purpose of performance but for Capucine, “performance no longer has any meaning. I only see it as a luxury, a distraction, a fleeting pleasure of accomplishment”

With Tara Tari, she will sail in simplicity and joyful sobriety “in a spirit of discovery, wonder and gentleness”. On board, there will be little, we remove a lot to get back to basics. “Freed from the useless, I sail in peace”

Defying contrary opinions, Capucine and Tara Tari will face the Mediterranean in winter, then the Atlantic, to the coasts of the Antilles, without electronics on board and without engine. They will weather many storms and thwart the traps set throughout the journey, alone and sometimes accompanied. This somewhat crazy journey, she tells it in a book ” Tara Tari, my wings, my freedom “.

It is quite simply, and with disarming modesty, that Capucine tells Marine about an adventure which for her is never really over.

Sailing on Tara Tari is the praise of simplicity?

It is a particular sailing philosophy based on joyful simplicity and sobriety. Having less superfluous, fewer things that confuse our heads, it allows us to feel better, to be good and to be available to everything around us.

Is it the same on land?

On land, I have a bit of this philosophy of life, but at sea aboard Tara Tari, it’s a little more extreme. On land I live surrounded by other people and I can’t impose all this extreme but it’s all about balance and finding a happy medium so that I can feel good while being consistent with what I think: what is in excess does not have to be there.

What are you looking for at sea?

I am often asked if we find the answers we were looking for at sea, I think we do not find answers but better questions. I don’t think we should try to put too many words on all this but above all live it and feel it.

Interview by Lorène Bienvenu. Traverse’s movies

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