The project

In 1976, the great navigator, Eric Tabarly astounded the sailing world by winning the OSTAR (Original Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race) with his legendary yacht “Pen-Duick VI.”

Beginning in March 2018, this illustrious boat is back in service, but this time skippered by Marie Tabarly and her crew. The spectacular voyage, spanning 4 years plans to go round Cape Horn, The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin, in W. Australia. The name of the project is “Elemen’Terre.”

On board, Marie and her two guests; one of which is from an artistic background, whilst the other specialises in out-door sport, will be sailing for two week stretches. This will give them time to complete that particular leg of the journey and make sure that the world is watching.

The Elemen’Terre project will take place from March 2018 until 2021. It has ambitions on a global scale; namely taking elements of a unique human experience, using sport to harness nature’s power as well as through ground-breaking cultural and scientific perspectives. The idea of the trip as a learning experience, both individually and as a group is fundamental to Marie. She regards the journey as an ideal opportunity to extend her knowledge of human nature, to set herself new targets and to open her mind to new experiences.

The Elemen’Terre project is ambitious and universal in both spirit and scale. Each episode of the documentary will show Marie and her two crew members setting off and rallying to their destination. Once they are at sea, normal life is suspended for a while and it is the ideal time for them explore whatever is on their mind. It can be assured that these discussions will be novel and engaging.

Each episode of the documentary will feature a particular part of Marie’s voyage, which will in turn be divided into two distinct sections. The first of these will show exactly what challenges are faced when sailing on the high seas as well as the enforced intimacy on board. The second section will concentrate on life ashore for Marie and her crew.

« Reconnect man with his natures »

From the frozen seas of the Arctic to the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, every destination will eventually reveal its true nature, its magic and the secrets that only the sea knows. Each of the three crew members will have a different experience on board, but feelings will be shared and their own personal journeys strongly affected by their surroundings and the challenges they face together. Obviously the three have been expressly chosen for their unusual backgrounds and their fascinating perspectives will inspire viewers. Care must be taken, however, that the general atmosphere on board does not become too shallow and trivial.

The ethos of the documentary should not to merely offer a glib and unoriginal view, but rather to show real-life situations. In essence, since the documentary places place on the high seas and all the distinctive habits and values that entails, it is imperative that we show the comradeship and teamwork which are a vital part of life on a boat. The parts filmed on board, therefore, should be centred around the gripping contrast between the personalities which emerge when faced with tough situations on deck and the exhilaration and freedom these same people feel on their unique odyssey.


Each episode will hinge on activities undertaken by Marie and guests whilst ashore. These activities will comprise two different types:

The first group will be made up of adventure sports of various kinds; kitesurfing, skiing, zip-wire, paragliding, diving etc. There will also be exciting explorations inland.

The second kind of feature will involve talking to various local people in the area or scientific experts.

Precedence should therefore be given to recent ecological discoveries, or to other important conservation work. Furthermore, emphasis should be placed on scientific work made possible with the help of The Prince Albert II Foundation and that of the Minister Nicolas Hulot.

On encountering any plant or animal species endemic to a particular area as well as conservation activists, the trip is likely to prove an Epiphany for the three members of Elemen’Terre as well as educating the public. The Elemen’Terre project aims to demonstrate to individuals their potential role in helping conservation projects such as those featured.


Elemen’Terre wants to combine several key concepts:

-Human nature being a force for good; our shared ideals of compassion, unity and strength.

-There is also a psychological aspect to the project, namely, the three sailors conquering various difficult tasks together and the interaction between three very different personalities, thrown together by life on board.

-The strength of individual characters on boards and the way these personalities clash or work in harmony. Also, can we really dig deep inside ourselves to alter established patterns of behaviour if the situation warrants it?

The Elemen’Terre project wants to, above all, spread a message of hope and optimism. It vigorously defends the idea that “living is all about creating your own world and combining it with that of other people in your life, not so much as to forget about it but to simply contemplate it.”