Generali Horizon Mixité
Born to a French mother and a German-Austrian father, Isabelle Joschke discovered sailing during a family vacation in Austria, pretty much by herself since no one from her entourage sailed. She started training only years later, in Bretagne, after graduating from University. Many trips and life-changing encounters will follow, steering her toward ocean racing. This woman of action, whose tenacity and professionalism command respect from her peers, shows a great deal of determination that is also expressed in her commitment to diversity, as she pursues a battle for male-female equality in sailing. After four seasons on the Mini 6.50 circuit, followed by seven participations in La Solitaire du Figaro, the Franco-German sailor is now competitng in the Class 40, a largest yacht that matches her taste. First up is The Transat Bakerly between Plymouth and New York in May, then the Québec/Saint Malo in July and the Normandy Channel Race in September.
Designed Marc Lombard, this Akilaria RC3, was built and is owned by French sailor Damien Seguin. Made to not consume any fossil energy, it still has a heat engine but it has solar pannels and a hydrogenerator, so one can sail without turning the engine on, which is in phase with Isabelle’s interest for ocean preservation.
© Gestev Transat Québec St-Malo 2017