«Critical Equipment»

Call for donations: open

Start of crowdfunding: July 4, 2021

Goal: replace our anchor, very rusty after 520 anchorages!

In charge of a good night sleep and well deserved rest at an anchorage, an anchor is one of the most important items on the boat. After eight years on the water it is time we changed ours. Our favourite choice would be a new steel Spade S60 of 9.5Kg, not only because we know and trust it but it is also the only model on the market that fits into L’Envol’s mooring locker on the bow. Unfortunately Spades are strangers to Australian shops and we have to order one from France!

Update: September 20, 2021

A better goal: give a new life to our old anchor, improve L’Envol’s rode and make her lighter at the same time!

Excel vs Spade

Excel vs Spade

Good news, we have found a local anchor, Excel 2, that fits L’Envol’s bow locker! But no retiring just yet for our Spade which will have a second chance by getting sandblasted and re-galvanised. We owe this new lead to an Australian rode specialist who thinks «out of the box» and who has offered to help us switch from 8mm low tensile chain to a high tensile 6mm G100, bought from a lifting chain maker (and not a ship chandler). After galvanising the result should be equivalent to 8mm G30 chain with 4 tons UTS, and that is better quality than what we have now. Carrying more chain, 60 metres instead of 45, we will still lose 15 kilos in weight. Last but not least, or the cherry on top: we can re-galvanise the old anchor together with the chain. We go for this plan, which is an advantage in every way and makes a smaller carbon footprint than sending the anchor in from Europe. Our new rode will be Australian made both in matter and concept.

The call for donations remains open.

Time limit: February 20, 2022

Funds needed: AUD $1380 (€825)

Help L’Envol and crew continue their voyage in security and participate in raising $350 for the new anchor, $510 for the lifting chain and $520 for galvanising:

or via bank transfer:
ANZ (Australia and New Zealand)
IBAN (international)

Funds gathered:

AUD $850 / €510

Thank you: Debbie & Nelson (Australia), Jojo & Cécile (France), Amanda (Australia), Paul (Sweden), Phil P (Germany), Laurent (France), Pa’ & Mam’ (France)


«Around Australia»

Call for donations: open

Start of crowdfunding: January 27, 2019

Goal: to circumnavigate Australia in a 25 foot yacht.

Time limit: one year (counting from arrival in Australia on June 15, 2019), then becoming three years as the country closed its interstate borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

See the map and check out how it is all going.

Funds needed: AUD $10 000 (€6000)

Participate by supporting sy L’Envol and her crew with a donation:

or via bank transfer:
ANZ (Australia and New Zealand)
IBAN (international)

Funds gathered:

AUD $8287 / €4972

Thank you: Laurent (France), Jean-Paul B (France), Paulo (Portugal), Alexandre (France), Isabelle & William (France), Tamar Yacht Club (Australia), Bev & Rob (Australia), Debbie & Nelson (Australia), Nicolas (France), Pa’ & Mam’ (France), Joseph (France), Zoltán (Hungary), Dave & Michelle (Australia), Jojo & Cécile (France), Patrick (France), Michael (Australia), Chris (United Kingdom), Tiiu (Estonia), Bruce (Australia), Anne & Phil (Australia), Chris & Margie (Australia), Jonathan & Wendy (Australia), Auli & Hannu (Finland), David (Australia), Cécile (New-Caledonia), Sue & Ray (Australia), Bruno (France), Gwendal (France), Phil & Nad (France), Christophe Henry (France), Jérôme S (Reunion Island), Jean-Paul AS (France), Jérôme L (France), Vonvon (France), Tantine (France)



Previous projects:

2020-2021. «Critical Equipment»: New autopilot control screen for sy L’Envol. Carried out in Australia. Funds gathered: 540 Euros. Call for donations: closed.

Thank you: Tantine (France)


2020. «Surgery»: An impressive public hospital bill was paid after Christophe’s thumb got into an accident and needed stitching up.


Friends in Murdunna had given us a hand sewing new upholstery for our v-berth and bunks, in turn we offered our help cutting firewood. What could have been a beautiful example of community work, ended abruptly with Christophe’s thumb getting caught between a log and the hydraulic wood splitter. He was rushed to the public hospital in Hobart, 100 km away, to find out that he had been extremely lucky – all bones were intact as well as the nerves. A plastic surgery was still necessary to fix him up but there is a likely chance of full recovery.

Our gratitude goes to: good drivers Tim and Carol, Rob and Gina, David and Kathryn; friendly and professional Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency and Short Stay Surgery teams; David and Kathryn for offering us their home and care in Hobart. To our anchorage neighbour, Two Dogs, for his patience and precision during the delicate task of removing the stitches.

Nonetheless the hospital bill adds up to more than what is our 4 months budget.Close

Carried out in Australia. Funds gathered: 2115 Euros. Call for donations: closed.

Thank you: Dave & Michelle (Australia), Bev & Rob (Australia), Sindi & Peter (Australia), Phillipa (Australia), Jane & Marc (French Polynesia), Victoria & Ben (Australia), Jean (France), Lyndon (Australia), Jérôme (France), Jojo & Cécile (France), Gilles (France), Georges (France), Bruno (France), Philippe (France), Claude (France), Phil & Nad (France), Jean-Paul (France), Luca (Spain), Charles (France), Yann (France), Lulu (France), Christophe Henry (France), Vonvon (France), Richard (USA), Laurent (France), Régis (France), Isabelle & William (France)

2020. «Critical Equipment»: New batteries for sy L’Envol. Carried out in Australia. Funds gathered: 360 Euros. Call for donations: closed.

Thank you: Jérôme (France), Gerry & Rosy (Australia), Joke (Netherlands)


2017-2018. «Dress her up!»: Antifouling and new sails for sy L’Envol. Carried out in Fiji and New Caledonia. Funds gathered: 2120 Euros. Call for donations: closed.

Thank you: Jojo & Cécile (France), Julian (France), Siiri (Estonia), Little Ship Club (New-Zealand), Riki (New-Zealand), Mam’ (France), Phil & Nad (France), Jean-Paul (France), Phillip (United Kingdom), François (France), Jean (France), Jacques & Sophie (France), Patrick L (France), Jérôme S (Reunion Island), Luca (Spain), Jérôme L (France), Alex (France), Vonvon (France), Etienne (France), Chris (United Kingdom), Renat (France), Philippe C (France), Patrick G (France), Auré (France), Tchouky (France), Pierre (France), Philippe B (France), Stéphane (France)

2016-2017. «Fit as a fiddle»: Many boatworks carried out on sy L’Envol in Tahiti. Funds gathered: 1100 Euros. Material support: 3300 Euros. Call for donations: closed.

Thank you: Henri (France), Jean (France), Daniel (Estonia), Vladimir (Estonia), Stéphane & Anne (Madera), Jojo & Cécile (France), Geneviève (France), Pierre (France)

2016. «Provisioning»: Astronomical prices in French Polynesia inspire the crew of sy L’Envol to start their first crowdfunding appeal. Carried out in the Gambier Islands. Funds gathered: 625 Euros. Call for donations: closed.

Thank you: Daniel (Estonia), Stephane (Switzerland), Phil & Nad (France), Jérôme (France), Pa’ (France)

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