I’ll try to explain in few words who am I and what I’m looking for… My name is Pierrick. I am 3O years old. Until the end of September 2020 I am associate professor at the university of Toulouse (France) in computing science. Concretely I teach programming, networks management, system administration, web and I “make research” about the Internet of Things. Actually, as a teacher I was like a worker in a factory which produces engineers. Those engineers will then contribute to the society by consuming and producing more and more things with no limit in their life. As a researcher in the university I had to publish more and more “scientific” articles, whatever their quality or their scientific influence. What matters was the quantity of article. I also question the impacts of new technologies on our society. Internet is for example a beautiful opportunity to bring people closer, but I don’t think we use new technologies for the right purpose. Moreover the ecological impacts of technologies on our planet are considerable. For all these reasons I was more and more uncomfortable with my position. I had the feeling I contributed for a society that I don’t want. I had a feeling my acts were not consistent with my values. I had this job since four years. This is the type of job very difficult to get in France and that you “should” keep until the end of your career. But I decided to quit for the end of September 2020. I expect more love, respect, kindness and sharing for the society. I think it’s the only way to live together at 7 or 8 billions on this planet. As Gandhi said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. So now I try to have a life that follows my wishes. When I was young I wanted to sail, travel through the oceans and discover the world and his inhabitants. That’s why this year I started to learn sailing with the purpose to cross the Atlantic for this winter. I also get the Offshore license. I’m also used to adventures in mountains alone or with friends. I think one of my most beautiful experience is a trek with a friend in Iceland where we crossed the island from the North to the South following the 18th meridian west. We get some troubles with water, wind and solitude :) I like your project and I believe we share the same values. I read you will stay in Mediterranean until November. That would be perfect to me. If you agree, I could join you in October, taking the time to meet each others and deciding together whether I will follow you to Brazil.
Sorry for the length of my message. I hope to see you soon. Pierrick.
Dear Dave, I wanted to write you personally but I can just aswel introduce myself here. I found the Club through the page on Crewbay and you referred me to the website. Immediately, I was highly impressed by the purpose and ambition of this project and by your biography. Originally, I was looking for a way to cross the Atlantic to avoid flying and to upscale my sailing skills, but reading through the pages of this website, I see a whole new dimension and a different approach. My name is Egmont and I'm 34 years old. I've been working as a doctor (general practitioner) for several years in Belgium now. I have a big interest in anthropology and some (limited) experience, conducting a (minor) study on traditional medicine in Chiapas (South Mexico), migration on Malta and working conditions of busdrivers in Belgium. I have worked as a busdriver for a year in Antwerp and have written a book about that experience. It's a long-time dream to work, travel and explore the Americas and now that I've finished a postgrad in tropical medicine, the moment has come. I'm planning to work as a doctor in a small settlement in French-Guyana for some months and start traveling from there. Make my way up the Amazon, up to the slopes of the Andes and from there travel south. I would be very interested and delighted to join your crew on the Labora to cross the Atlantic. I am not an experienced sailor though. I followed some courses when I was in my teens and a course in my twenties, and once or twice a year I go sailing with friends for a couple of days. It would be my first crossing. I love the sea and the elements and have a profound interest and love for life, humanity and nature alike. I am patient, willing to learn, sociable, cheerful most of the time and I don't mind hard physical work. I have read you are planning to cross the Atlantic in September. My work here in Belgium finishes the 11th of September, but if you are planning to leave earlier, I can easily ask to stop my work earlier. I start working again in French Guyana mid-November, so I could easily join you from September to the beginning of November. It would greatly interest me to explore the Amazon with you and document the impact of global warming. I have writing experience as a journalist, so I could probably be of some help there. I read about the costs of joining the crew on the crossing and the exploration of the Amazon and that should not be a problem. Even if for any reason, joining you for a crossing would not be possible, I still feel highly attracted to this project and I would very much like to meet or join you at some point. I am very much willing to contribute to the success of this project so please let me know how and where to contribute. Respectfully and with kind regards Egmont Ruelens
Hi everyone, Dave, thanks for allowing me in. I'm looking to learn as much as possible about sailing, get to know you all and hopefully give something back to this community. Have experience on small keel boats since I was a kid and have done some "standard" holiday charters. Ready to help out the crew, work on the boat and share good times, bringing pro-active spirit, humbleness, will to learn. Really hope to make it on board whenever possible, the Labora looks amazing. I currently work as a management consultant in Italy, after some years of working in different countries for consumer goods companies. Graduated in economics and management at the Venice Univ. in 2013. Decent skier and not so decent rock climber, played soccer as a teen. Enjoy music, barbeques, friends, books, new places. My long term plan would be to master sailing, own a boat, possibly build a shipyard, yeah I know insane will never make it, but I like to try.