Jean-Luc Van Den Heede: Solo-sailing legend

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the last seadog, the man of records and the “long route” talks to the team at Global Solo Challenge (GSC) about the mother of all non-stop solo circumnavigations, an in-depth analysis of solo sailing and the importance of having a passion in life and always maintaining optimism.

The voice of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede has two blue eyes full of sky and a face marked by all the waves he has ridden. In France he needs no introduction but perhaps not everyone around the world knows him. Born in Amiens on June 8, 1945, he was by his grandparents in Berk. Vand Den Heede, as they have nicknamed him, is “the navigator of the first times.” In fact he participated in the first edition of the Mini Transat and in the first Vendée Globe.

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By Margherita Pelaschier

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