Yvan Bourgnon, navigator, adventurer, environmentalist

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I was only 8 years old when I sailed across seas for the first time. For 3 years I sailed around the world with my parents.

Years after that, during my sports challenges I was shocked to realize to what extent oceans I crossed were polluted by all sorts of plastic waste.
Conscious of this true worldwide disaster i decided to create the association The SeaCleaners dedicated to the reduction of plastic pollution. Our objective is to fight it both at sea and on land.

To face this challenge, I surrounded myself with a team of experts and professionals. We launched an innovative project, the Manta which will be the first high water vessel capable of collecting and mass treating floating macro-waste before they break down.

The ocean became my passion. I made it my profession as navigator. Today all seas are in danger.

We have to face this new challenge of fighting ocean pollution.

Yvan Bourgnon

President – Founder of The SeaCleaners

navigator - Adventurer - Environmentalist

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The gladiator of the seas

Yvan Bourgnon is a Swiss skipper, born July 6, 1971 in Chaux-de-Fonds. When he was 8 years old he started sailing with his parents for a circumnavigation during which he discovered the ocean that he would never leave.

During his career, Yvan won many races on sports multihulls as well as offshore races on high performing boats (Transat Jacques Vabre, Route du Rhum, Quebec-Saint Malo). With his elder brother Laurent Bourgnon he won the Transat Jacques Vabre in 1997.

Winner of multiple speed records, he pushes navigation to extremes facing a series of solo crossings on his 6,30m catamaran “Ma Louloute” without instruments and assistance for example. His achievements are recognized all over the world.