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The chicken who became a sailor – Erakina

Published Date : March 25, 2022

Ever heard of a chicken sailing over the seas and travelling across-the-board?

Guirec and Monique

 Guirec and Monique

Monique is the name of the hen and its age is 7years. She is the one who has travelled to those countries which we might have dreamt of ever.She doesn’t belong to any specific breed nor a high rich family yard but is a common hen who lays an egg a day.The person who made her the partner is Guirec Soudée. He adopted her when he met her at the Canary islands during his cruise tour. Since then they have become life mates.

How does the story begin?

Guirec was 20 years old,when he decided to set off on his journey to the world tour. He chose his rusty sailing boat which had a small diesel engine for manoeuvres in ports. The name given to the boat by him was Yvinec,after the French Island to which he belongs. It took home almost five years of sailing to complete his dream.

Now he is 28 and is very happy to remember his adventure. In an email interview he said that “I first crossed the Atlantic leaving France from Brittany, stopped by Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Canary Islands then straight to the Caribbean,” explaining his route. 

an overview pic taken by Guirec

 an overview pic taken by Guirec

He worked at the Caribbean for about a year and got his boat ready for the ice. Then he headed to the North through Canada,saint Pierre and Miquelon islands, on to Greenland.

“After wintering in autarky in the ice, I sailed through the Northwest Passage under the Arctic Circle, and became the youngest sailor to cross it without any assistance,” he says. Next stop, Alaska, followed by San Francisco, before setting sail on a long stretch through Cape Horn, Antarctica, South Africa, Brazil, French Guiana, the Caribbean again and back to France.

the northern lights captured by the sailor

the northern lights captured by the sailor

The bond of Guirec and Monique was so special. See how

He said that the little Monique never had any problems with the swinging of the boat and she enjoyed it on board.”She loves fish and soon become very good at catching the flying fish on the deck,” says Guirec.

The rest of the time she spent sitting at the back and enjoying the scenes and giving his partner the company.

He said that he spent four months like that with Monique. Fortunately for him, Monique laid eggs the entire time. It was a tough task to source food and his fishing through the ice did not quite work out. He was told that a stressed hen would not give eggs. But given this globetrotting hen’s record, she seemed far from stressed. “She is a special chick,” he says.

As he travelled, he paused at port cities to make money: fixing boats, giving kite-surfing lessons, cleaning swimming pools and working at nautical beach schools. That is how he managed to pay off the port fee and buy food. Once the international media started taking note of him, he was able to sell a few images that he shot of himself, Monique, the high seas and the surroundings.

chicken

The challenge was to manage on my own and hold on to my dream,” says Guirec, adding that he had no skills in sailing solo, nor in sailing far from shore. “Everybody thought I was crazy to leave like that with a boat in bad shape. But I am the happiest man in the world to have succeeded and lived through it,” he says.

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