The sailboats

For its expeditions, the Fondation Pacifique uses traditional sailboats, which have proven to be ideal logistical platforms for executing the programmes devised by the foundation’s scientific partners:

 

-The Fleur de Passion, a 33-metre ketch
-The Mauritius, 30-metre schooner

Driven primarily by wind power (thus making them silent and non-polluting), and designed for transoceanic crossings as well as coastal routes thanks to their shallow draft, the Fleur de Passion and the Mauritius have demonstrated their potential in many different scenarios and situations according to the various missions and the specific equipment they can carry, such as automatic sensors for the continuous gathering of field data, measuring and sampling equipment implemented by the crew, and so on.

These two expedition sailboats, the flagships of the foundation, are also ideal for raising awareness among decision-makers and the general public, thanks to their potential for hosting social and media events, ranging from guided visits, press conferences and VIP functions.

Fleur de Passion

Fleur de Passionis is a traditional 33-metre wooden ketch with a steel structure.

Built in 1941 at Bremen shipyard to operate as a German Kriegsfischkutter (KFK) naval mine marker, she was built to bear sails in the event of fuel shortages. She was ceded to France in 1945, on which she was disarmed and converted into a sailboat by a private individual in 1976. From the 1980s onwards, she hosted her first scientific projects, involving French academic institutions such as IFREMER. Since 2009, under the auspices of the Fondation Pacifique, she has made numerous long-distance expeditions and one-off missions in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Red Sea, the Baltic and the Caribbean, as well as a four-year voyage around the world from 2015 to 2019, following the route taken by Magellan.

Fleur de passion

Flag
Suisse

Average speed
7 knots 
(13 kph)

Materials
Structure: steel/Hull: oak

DIMENSIONS

Overall length
33m
Hull length
24m
Beam
6.10m
Draught
2.80m
Total weight
100 tonnes
Deck surface area
120m2

RIG

Rig type
Ketch
Sail type
Auric
Sail area
380m2
Main mast
24m
Mizzen mast
18m
Bowsprit
8m

STANDARD CREW

Skipper
1
First mate
1
Second mate
1
Ship’s apprentice
1-2
Passengers
8-10

SLEEPING QUARTERS

Triple cabins
5
Dormitory cabin for 4-5 people
1

Mauritius

The Mauritiusis is a 30-metre steel schooner, built in 1963 at Breman shipyards in Zwartsluis, the Netherlands. After entering service in the Pacific in 2015, she later carried out a few initial missions in the Mediterranean and the near Atlantic. She is equipped to be able to sail in high latitudes.

Mauritius

Flag
Suisse

Average speed
7 knots
(13 kph)

Materials
Structure and hull: steel

DIMENSIONS

Overall length
30m
Hull length
24m
Beam
5.50m
Draught
2.30m

RIG

Rig type
schooner
Sail type
Auric

STANDARD CREW

Skipper
1
First mate
1
Second mate
1
Ship’s apprentice
1-2
Passengers
8-10

SLEEPING QUARTERS

Double cabins
4
Dormitory cabin
for 4 people
Crew cabins
2
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