Florence Arthaud is one of the greatest sailors of all time. She paved the way for all female sailors to make their impact on the male sport. There is a famous quote from Florence Arthaud that she cannot be happy until she is in the sea. It seems like she took her own words and made them history. Even though Florence Arthaud died when she was just 58, the list of her achievements is quite staggering, including competition in the Whitbread Round the World Race, winning the Route du Rhum, and solo sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.
La Route Du Rhum
1990 was the year when Florence Arthaud drew the worldwide attention. She was the French Champion Sailor and became the first woman who won the coveted La Route Du Rhum. This grueling transatlantic race is the ultimate test for the endurance and patience of sailors. Arthaud passed this test in a record time of fourteen days and eight minutes. It can be claimed than Florence Arthaud set the new standards to all future female sailors after this victory. She had made a statement about all women in sailing to the world and continued to work this way for the rest of her life. Twelve years later, Dame Ellen MacArthur won the La Route Du Rhum and claimed that Arthaud was the one who had inspired her. The life of Florence Arthaud was a great inspiration to many other famous French sailors including Catherine Chabaud, and Isabelle Autissier. Both of them said that they want to launch a women-only yacht race in the Mediterranean.
The Life of a Successful Sailor
Being a successful sailor means that you spend lots of time away from home, and this is what happened to Florence Arthaud. The ugly truth is that the lifestyle of one of the world’s greatest female sailors was not glamorous at all and such things like family and personal life were taken a back seat. She lived on boats until she turned 36 years old and gave birth to her child. After she finished her career as a sailor, Florence Arthaud had an art gallery in Marseille and wrote an autobiography book about her time as a solo female sailor. The graphic retelling of her hallucinations in the sea was a personal insight into the extreme physical and mental difficulties experienced by all sailors. Unfortunately, she was playing a dangerous game in her life. In 2011 there was an incident when Florence Arthaud fell overboard while sailing around Corsica, but she managed to phone for help with a brand-new waterproof phone she had only a few days earlier. Arthaud died during the helicopter crash in Argentina.
Florence Arthaud could have taken a much easier life. She was born into a rich family and could have easily enjoyeds luxury without any hard working. However, she has chosen a different path and her life will always be remembered as a great example to push all personal boundaries.