It was my cruise to Ibiza last summer with Martial, aboard his boat Capitaine Ulysse that tipped the scales of my boating dream and set in motion the small personal odyssey that is the building of Onawind Blue and the writing of this blog. As such it seems fitting to use Martial’s bottle to launch my waterborne adventure.
Martial is a yachtsman of the Moitessier school of thought—a single-handed, long distance, sea tramp who’s garnered much knowledge and many yarns in his extensive career.
In the 70’s he bought a Chinese junk and coasted down from
Our trip was fairly typical of a cruise in the western
In late 81 he sailed away from Fecamp on the
He returned by way of Cape Horn but met a storm as he turned left into the
The damaged Capitaine was towed into Port Stanley in the Falkland Isles where Martial put the conveniently mastless boat in a container for storage and returned to
Nowadays Capitaine Ulysse leads a calmer life, Martial has carried out various projects to make the boat more comfortable for Mediterranean cruising, a re-designed interior, a larger fridge and a bimini. But there’s no disguising Ulysse’s blue-water pedigree; with sails and centreboards balanced and a lively wind from abaft the beam the Capitaine, galloping among the white horses, shakes manes of spray from the bows.