After finishing second in the twelfth edition of the Route du Rhum- Destination Guadeloupe, in the Rhum Multi class, the Outremer 5X We Explore continues its adventure off the beaten path.

Back in La Grande Motte for a few adjustments after the race, we took the opportunity to find out more about Roland Jourdain’s experience aboard the Outremer 5X We Explore:


The story of We Explore began with a proof of concept.

“Does speed performance still make sense in a context where resources are diminishing, biodiversity is in danger?”

Roland Jourdain confides that he was self-flagellating during this Route du Rhum, because the Outremer 5X is not a racing boat and addressing this concern was also part of the initial challenge.

The ambition of the EXPLORE endowment fund, initiator of the project, is to be a “propeller of positive actions” for the environment. Thus, the Outremer 5X We Explore will become a real life laboratory for innovation and scientific research, helping inspire and educate future generations.

“We made the project even more meaningful […] we showed that we could very well get on a podium by thinking differently and doing differently.”

Used to racing monohulls and multihulls, Bilou discovered for the first time the advantages of a blue water catamaran:

  • The panoramic view,
  • The stability to work and cook,
  • The ergonomics of maneuvering,
  • And the comfort of the fittings.

“I’m discovering a new world […] and I’m going to have a hard time turning back.”

And for the future: We Explore will be presented at several events including the Linen Festival in Normandy, the Fastnet race…

This year, the life of We Explore will be defined as rich in encounters, and in experiences. This Outremer 5X will support scientific missions to help take a turn little by little towards decarbonation.

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