OCEAN AMBASSADOR

Romain Pilliard

Entrepreneur, Navigator, Circular Economy Activist, Ocean protector

“When I sail offshore on my trimaran with no one else around, no land, nothing but the horizon, I feel like I am the luckiest man in the world, just free and in total communion with Nature.”

 

When and why did you start or sailing?

We are from a family of sailors, just holiday sailors so we have the culture of sailing in our family.

I started sailing alone at the age of 7 in North Brittany in France, in a famous place for optimist dingies. I remember quite precisely my first optimist sailing and the feeling of freedom I had. This is something I will remember forever.

What do you enjoy most about sailing?

When I sail offshore on my trimaran with no one else around, no land, nothing but the horizon, I feel like I am the luckiest man in the world, just free and in total communion with Nature. My trimaran sails fast over the waves, I know all the sounds onboard, my boat talks to me and we are one together.

“What do you do to get people excited about the ocean and wanting to protect it?”

I try to share as much as possible the incredible power of nature I feel onboard the boat. I share my emotions and I show through videos and pictures how my boat and I sail fast and well. None of this can happen without total respect for the ocean. This is the reason why I want to have the most impact possible with my Use It Again! project. The project is about bringing awareness to Circular Economy systems and how they can help our planet. With Circular Economy, we can drastically reduce waste by reusing and repurposing the resources we already have. All along our project, I try to re-use existing materials to avoid buying new and produce, and then we try to give a third or fourth life to every piece or find a solution of recycling which is the very last step. It is also important for to have as little impact on the ocean, I avoid losing even the smallest piece of plastic, fiber, or anything else in the water while I’m sailing.

Most memorable sailing experience?

The finish of my Route du Rhum race in 2018 in Guadeloupe was incredible. After all the issues I had on the boat and the terrific weather, I was so pleased for me and all the team to finish this legendary race.

What is your spirit fish (or mammal/reptile) and why?

I love whales because they represent the biggest mammal in the ocean, I discovered them through my readings before watching them and swimming with them. It’s also the single element which produces the most oxygen in the world and captures the most CO2. They’re million times more efficient than trees.

Dream sailing experience where and with who (alive or not)?

I still have in mind to race around the world one day. I want to go very South, experience the huge waves, watch the albatross, and round Cape Horn,

Favorite piece of Aqualung equipment?

I am impressed by Aqualung’s history and the first diving regulator. I like technology and the latest Leg3nd Elite is impressive. I use the knives and bags for gear on the boat, and I use the personal tiny safety bottle onboard for safety in case of emergency - it’s a really great product. 

Sailing skill you are working to improve?

Every sailing session is an experience, I want to sail more, longer and further. I have not sailed for longer than a month at a time, so I want to work on anticipating my state of mind for longer trips. I also want to work on my free diving for safety reasons in case I capsize my trimaran. 

 What steps are you taking to improve the health of our oceans? Any advice for others who want to help?

There are so many things to do to save the Ocean. We must always have in mind that marine pollution comes from land and humans. Therefore, any of our activity – what we buy, what we waste - can have an impact on the ocean. If you really want to save our ocean, you must keep it mind in your daily life.

Any hidden talents?

Hard to say, as a sailor I think I am quite humble, but I wish I do my best to save our ocean and share my passion of spending time at sea.

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