OUT 2018

Antoine Cousot (50)




Name Antoine Cousot

Born May 9th 1971

Nationality French

Country of entry France

Race GGR 2018

Boat Class Suhaili

Antoine Cousot is a professional sailor based in Noirmoutier, France, with his wife and three children. He has sailed the equivalent of three times around the world, delivering boats and skippering large luxury yachts. With over 15 oceans crossing under his belt, Antoine has extensive passage making experience.

Antoine is working with Oceano Vox Vendée, a local non-profit organization to raise awareness of environmental issues and conduct researches on psychology during the Race.
Why enter the GGR? Antoine says: “It is a unique opportunity to take this relationship with the sea even further. It is a challenge to accomplish what few sailors have done before; it is a quest with cosmic dimensions.
I have had to give up an international career, a comfortable living and sell my house and boat. I have returned to France with my family and created a company to manage this project. This entrepreneurship has its ups and downs and is very demanding but all in all, a rich experience of personal teaching and discipline that will help me in whatever I decide to do after. As for others, just getting to the start is a victory but more, I want to realize a dream to sail in the wake of Bernard Moitessier and say, I did it!”

Antoine is also using the campaign to raise £1m for The Antoine Cousot Scholarship Fund to give 50 students the opportunity to transform their futures, through flexible, practical education in Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences run by the Open University, which, like the GGR is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Antoine, an Open University graduate says, “The OU changed my openness to the world we’re living in. They came to me with the right tools at the right time, helping me pursue my dreams. Now, I want to share my experience with others – learning is intimately part of our life.”


Boat [Suhaili]

Name Métier Intérim
Type Biscay 36 Masthead ketch
Designer Alan Hill
Builder Robert Ives/Falmouth Boat Construction (UK)
LOA 35.92ft / 10.95m
LWL 27.23ft / 8.30m
Beam 10.75ft / 3.28m
Draft 5.75ft / 1.75m
Displacement 15680lbs / 7112kg
Sail area 667sq. ft / 62sq. m

Antoine Cousot’s Biscay 36 was the first of these classic ketch designs, built by Robert Ives/Falmouth Boat Construction in 1975. She returned there during the 2016/7 winter for a full refit. Relaunched in May 2017, Antoine then sailed her during the summer in the gulf of Biscay. The yacht was then exhibited at the 2017 Paris Nautic Boat Show.
Cousot has won sponsorship from the Vendée based employment agency Métier Intérim and has devoted the early Spring months to getting as much experience as possible in the winter storms of the Atlantic to readiness himself for the Southern Ocean.

Skipper Updates

September 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

“METIER INTERIM WELL ARRIVED LAST EVENING TO RIO DE JANEIRO” It was the last text message of Antoine sent yesterday to GGR Race Control. With the arrival of ANTOINE COUSOT in Rio de Janeiro, which puts an end to his ambitious project, mainly because of injuries to his shoulder and to his foot.It is sad but it is the lot of this race around the world, solo and nonstop, without modern equipments of communication. Fortunately, his great sea experience allowed him to take shelter safely.

August 31st 2018 12:00 AM

Antoine ate his last piece of fresh fruit and today “Metier Interim slaloming in between cargos and oil rigs” around 6 knots. He told us this morning on his weekly Sat Phone Call that he is getting ready to sail over a zone of shallow and will be arriving to Rio tomorrow.

August 27th 2018 12:00 AM

Antoine Cousot (Biscay 36 Métier Intérim) who made a stop in Lanzarote early in the race, was relegated to the Chichester Class, intended for those stopping once or requesting assistance during the race. Antoine announced last Wednesday that he was heading to Trinity Island to heal his shoulder and thumb injuries and to repair his windvane before heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “HEADING TO BRAZIL:I must sadly stop”.He will have to retire from the race by arriving at the port, within a week.

August 17th 2018 12:00 AM

These last days Antoine Cousot had the “Sensation on waking to be a fish cooked in salt crust” still with high temperatures and slight winds.Today he seems to start on racing again at 4 nds on his tracker, “Metier Interim still heading south on the tradewinds highway!”. He told us during his Sat phone call this morning, that the navigation is very agitated and it’s difficult to sleep, and that he has many little things to repair that will keep him busy on board, like the halyard which broke or his windvane making sounds…The zone of high pressure which is in front of him should be absorbed before his passage, and he should tacked soon to dive Southeast and get closer to the direct route to Cape Town which is still over 2750 NM away !

August 13th 2018 12:00 AM

ANTOINE COUSOT, now second in the Chichester class behind PHILIPPE PECHE. He will have to continue on the same side for several days, which should allow him to continue the many readings that pace his solitary navigation.” read in one night Terre des hommes of St Exupery! Great”.

August 9th 2018 12:00 AM

ANTOINE COUSOT (Chichester Class) progresses with difficulty towards the south, in winds which pushs Metier Interim frankly towards the west. He wrote to us this week “A WEEK OF CLOSEHAULED. THE SOUTH HAS TO BE EARNED”.Fortunately, he could hear yesterday the voices of his children, recorded on a good old vintage cassette tape ! An invaluable comfort for these sailors whose isolation begins to be felt after nearly 40 days at sea.”CALM SEA NO WIND.WILL SWIM and PUSH THE BOAT TO THE SOUTH!LOL”

August 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

Antoine COUSOT is still 450 miles away from the equator but can be satisfied with having caught up with and surpassed the virtual route of SIR ROBIN KNOX JOHNSTON. A satisfaction that adds to finally touching the southeast trade winds, which marks the end of the Doldrums. Life on board may be a little slowed down in the next few days because he just sprained his right ankle … nothing serious, because that did not prevent him from collecting rainwater, to such point that he can afford to have two showers a day!

August 1st 2018 12:00 AM

The only one in Chichester class, ANTOINE COUSOT is also the only one now to remain stuck in the intertropical convergence zone (the technical name of the Doldrums!). His tracker showed 0 knots at the end of July.. and 3 knots in early august! The difficulty will be for him to go down as quickly as possible to the south, to escape this area without wind that seems to want to develop around him in the coming days … and the weak breeze announced may be headwinds! Antoine remains confident and motivated, his text and audio messages report that he now appreciates each moment of his adventure even more since his stopover in the Canary Islands which allowed him to sail and reflect on the journey more serenely.

July 20th 2018 12:00 AM

Antoine is very much back on the horse, reporting that his self steering unit is working well now. He is settling in to a steady pace and sounded much more comfortable with this endeavour. He is complaining that he is running out of wind not realising that this is the case across the field. Understandable for him to think that everyone else is hauling away from him given that he has so little information from the outside world.

July 18th 2018 12:00 AM

Antoine is back at sea after a stop at Rubicon Marina, Lanzarote and as such he becomes the first to join the Chichester Class. He spoke with great honesty in Lanzarote about the challenges he was facing. HE was very happy with the boat but wondered whether the decision to not sail with a roller furling unit was good one. He had struggled with self steering and had found that his water consumption was 2.5 litres per day rather than an expected 2 litres per day. His delayed departure from Lanzarote spoke of a man wrestling with doubts about what lies ahead. Lets hope that small respite in Lanzarote has reset him for the miles ahead.

July 16th 2018 12:00 AM

In Antoine we can see a person struggling. His face said it all at the Lanzarote film drop, where he has made a stop and joined the Chichester Class.. He is struggling to get his boat to self steer. This has meant that he is struggling with fatigue, which in turn makes it so hard to wrestle with continuing south. Tough times for Antoine.

July 11th 2018 12:00 AM

Antoine is clearly still struggling to get his windvane self steering working in harmony with his boat. Effective self steering is so critical to single handed voyaging and without it. Antoine must handsteer to make progress which very quickly leads to serious fatigue. Despite this he appears upbeat in his updates appreciating the encounters with dolphins.

July 6th 2018 12:00 AM

Antoine has sailed well enough to keep amongst the fleet

Antoine has sailed well enough to keep amongst the fleet. His tracking unit stopped working prior to the start and he has been unable to revive it. His second tracking unit has been activated now but it is a stark reminder that the ability of the skippers to keep their boat functioning is such a key part of completing the Golden Globe Race.

May 3rd 2018 12:00 AM

Following her baptism in Nantes, French skipper Antoine Cousot plans to sail his Biscay 36 ketch Métier Intérim solo across the Celtic Sea to Cork and Dublin before returning to Falmouth early June for a final haul out and antifoul in readiness for the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail and the SITRaN race back to Les Sables d’Olonne on June 14.

April 5th 2018 12:00 AM

Antoine Cousot is sailing his Biscay 36 ketch Métier Intérim down to the Loire Valley this week and motoring up river to Nantes for a private naming ceremony on April 5. He then plans to continue mixing sea trials and work on the boat to ready her for solo voyage across the Celtic Sea to Cork and Dublin before returning to Falmouth early June for a final haul out and antifoul in readiness for the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail and the SITRaN race back to Les Sables d’Olonne on June 14.

December 5th 2017 12:00 AM

Yacht displayed at Paris Nautic Show

May 4th 2017 12:00 AM

Viscaya relaunched at Falmouth Boat Co

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