Sailors Romain Pilliard and Alex Pella set off from Lorient on January 4th to attempt to break the east-to-west record of 122 days and 14 hours set by Jean Luc Van Heede in 2004. Pilliard and Pella sail aboard Use it Again!, a 75-foot maxi-trimaran, one of the 5 largest offshore racing trimarans in the world.
The French sailor's project aims to promote the concept of circular economy, the boat itself and the equipment on board are proof of this. The trimaran, built in 2003 for Ellen Mac Arthur, has undergone a low environmental impact refit. For example, instead of equipping it with new sails, Pilliard preferred to reuse old ones, cutting and re-adapting them. The equipment also follows the same principles, part of the energy produced on the boat comes from six reconditioned solar panels.
During the circumnavigation, Romain will collect data on noise pollution thanks to long-range microphones that will also allow information on the underwater sound environment to be obtained. Not only a demanding sporting adventure, but also an important challenge, which aims to raise awareness of ocean pollution and recycling.