15 DAYS | PRICE: 3’000 €

We will begin our journey in Kulusuk, the gateway to East Greenland. We will be coasting for a day or two, to expose you to the magnificent nature.

September 12, 2024 2 spots
September 5, 2025 4 spots


Kulusuk, Greenland


La Trinité-sur-Mer, France




Guest crew will be limited to 6 allowing to meet the targets of each individual as well as our comfort and safety standards.

With an extensive track record of solo and crew racing wins, be it across the ocean, hunting records or world circumnavigations, Lionel will provide no non-sense approach to offshore sailing in all its key facets, allowing you to tangibly grow as a sailor. The passages provide an extensive opportunity to dig deep in numerous boat preparation, sailing and navigation matters through exchanges with Lionel, and share past experiences and sea stories.

  • Boat preparation for long passages
  • Passage planning, coastal and offshore navigation
  • Maneuvering in small crew
  • Sails trimming
  • Practicing time at the helm
  • How to use autopilot, AIS, Radar
  • Working on both paper charts and plotter
  • Weather forecasting, including a pragmatic approach to downloading and read weather files, as well as routing.
  • Tidal currents
  • Bad weather and night sailing
  • Sleep management, eating, shifts
  • Energy management onboard, installation of energy systems, unbiased input as to the effectiveness of various energy sources
  • Boat monitoring and maintenance routines during long passages
  • Health and Safety on board
  • Emergency procedures









A professional racer-skipper and exceptional boat preparer, Lionel’s carrier spans solo oceanic races (notably, the winner of the 2006 Route du Rhum on the 80ft Gitana XI maxi Trimaran and 2010 Route du Rhum in the Multi50 Class on Prince de Bretagne), non-stop around the world races (winner of the Trophée Jules Vernes in 2010 with Franck Cammas), crewed oceanic races (winner of the 2005 Jacques Vabre) and special passage records (2008, setting both records on the New York – San Francisco around the cape Horn and San Francisco – Yokohama passages), sharing adventures with other fellow skippers as Isabelle Autissier, Bruno Peyron, Franck Cammas. He is also certified as an offshore commercial yacht master, contributing significant skills in both crew management, safety and medical emergency chapters.

Lionel is the co-founder of Boreal Adventure Sailing and of VARUNA, dedicated to sharing his passion for sailing and nature alike during extraordinary passages to and exploration of the remotest areas in the northern latitudes.

Likeable and easygoing, “infatigable” as often defined by fellow skippers, you will be exposed to depth of experience and technical knowledge on all facets of sailing and seamanship, and a passion for all things sea and nature.

We will begin our journey in Scoresbysund, one of the largest and deepest fjord systems on the planet. We will be coasting for a day or two, depending on weather conditions, to expose you to the magnificent nature, from the tallest icebergs to steep mountain walls and glaciers, prior to setting our course to cross the Greenland Sea heading towards Ireland or directly towards France. 

Weather conditions in the North Atlantic at this time of the year can change rapidly. This will call for extra emphasis on weather routing as well as maneuvering and sail setting under a variety of wind and sea conditions. We will be aware of your skills, ability and fitness levels from the onset and gradually bring you to “comfortably uncomfortable zone”, with abundant time to allow you to assimilate and apply concepts and techniques. 

Depending on progress and weather conditions we will decide whether to drop anchor on the Irish Coast as well as upon arrival in Bretagne, possibly in the Baie de Quiberon (Belle Ile for instance).


  • Welcome by the crew, checking and storage of gear, accommodation in cabins.
  • First dinner and night onboard.


  • Review of above and below decks equipment.
  • Safety protocols and review of safety equipment.
  • Weather conditions, routing, organization of shifts, etc.
  • Weather conditions permitting, we will be setting sail on Day 1.


  • Subject to weather conditions / progress towards the final destination, we may choose to an anchorage near the point of departure / arrival to get closer to the local nature.
  • Goodbyes and disembark in the morning.

  • Stay onboard the ship for the specified voyage duration
  • Professional skipper
  • Standard offshore lifejacket and lifeline
  • Shore landings and tours with the dinghy
  • Bedding and towels
  • Onboard food (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner), hot beverages and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Fuel and all port dues
  • Air fares to and from departure point.
  • Insurance (personal medical, travel, cancellation, etc)
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Food and beverages on the day of arrival until boarding
  • Ski, trekking or other outdoor activity gear.
  • Voice and data communication using onboard equipment.
  • Entry fees into parks, museums, etc