autissier

flag france Isabelle Autissier

Sailor • France

“From the smallest of insects to the most splendid whales the poles’ diversity is of great significance to all of us”


Isabelle Autissier became the first woman to sail around the world solo in the 1991 edition of the BOC Challenge. An agricultural engineer by training, she has sailed all the world’s oceans. In 2005, she launched and skippered an Antarctic expedition under the name “Salut au Grand Sud”, accompanied by the writer Erik Orsenna, following the paths of contemporary and historic adventurers.

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