As Yves Gélinas was sailing around the world, people were talking of a new
art form called “Performance” which combined disciplines in various fields
“Performance” of Yves Gélinas
In attempting to sail non–stop
between Saint-Malo and Gaspé
through the Roaring Forties and
around Cape Horn
alone aboard his boat
Yves Gélinas would add his
to the art of sailing a small boat
around the world.
But this performance in the field
would comprise accomplishments
in three other domains of creation :
the design of a gear to self-steer
the writing of a book to narrate
the shooting of a 16 mm film while
While the circumnavigation was not
was the smallest boat to sail that route
and Yves Gélinas was granted the
Golden Circle Award
by the Joshua Slocum Society
In 28,200 miles, Yves Gélinas
never had to steer his boat;
under the brand name
his self-steering gear
was introduced on the market in 1989,
and now makes many fellow sailors
while providing its designer with
a comfortable living.
The book Jean-du-Sud et
(in French, 200 pages)
was first published in Québec in
was out of print 2 years later
and was re-edited in France in
The film With Jean-du-Sud
Around the World
was broadcast in 15 countries
won 9 awards (5 Gold,
1 Silver) in 7
and is considered by many the best
sailing film ever made.
It was reproduced in more than four thousand
video-cassettes, DVD and downloads,
It was recently re-mastered in HD
thanks to the generosity of a New York
film and sailing enthusiast.
To mark the importance of the
accomplishment in seamanship
and the high artistic quality of
the audio-visual documents produced,
University of Québec
granted an Honorary Doctorate
"For outstanding seamanship
and artistic achievements"
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Read Andy Schell's article on
Jean-du-Sud and the Magick-Byrd,
the book by Yves Gélinas that narrated his 28 000 mile single-handed
circumnavigation through the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn aboard
Alberg 30 Jean-du-Sud, has been translated in English and published
by Andy Schell and Mia Karlsson of 59 North Sailing.
It was first published in French in Canada in 1986, then in France in 1996.
Available both in print, and as a podcast,
read by the author.
CapeHorn is the
Andy Shell and Mia Karlsson.
Donna Lange, for
With Jean-du-Sud Around the World
-watch the trailer and order the video-
Listen to David Anderson's Sailing Podcast featuring Yves Gélinas