Kevin Delprat is from Guadaloupe in the French Antilles. 29 years old at the time of writing, he is the youngest entry so far in the Global Solo Challenge 2023/2024.
Despite his age, Kevin is one of the most experienced sailors to have signed up for the GSC so far with over 200.000 nautical miles sailed. As a teenager, when he knew nothing about sailing, he was given a 22-footer which he then crossed the Atlantic with.
As organizers, we are incredibly pleased with the continuing interest that the event is attracting from sailors all around the world and from different walks of life. We are still receiving inquiries and, although we know there will certainly be a number of entries that may not manage to align finances, work, and family commitments to be on the start line, we could not have hoped for a better response to this new event.
Completing a circumnavigation by boat is the hidden dream of many who have a passion for the sea, the GSC is simply a framework: dreams with a departure date become projects.
Where does your passion for sailing come from?
Eleven years ago they gave me my first sailboat. I didn’t know anything about it. It was a 22-footer and I went on to do a transat with it.
What lessons have you learned from sailing?
In case of a problem, the most beautiful tool on board is you.
What brought you to like single-handed sailing?
Think, struggle, look, hope.
What prompted you to sign up for this event?
I wish to surpass myself in this race, to regain a taste for life after it has been hurting me for a long time.
How do you plan to prepare for this event?
As always at the time of a departure, I always get the chills as it approaches. So, I’ll prepare checklists so I don’t forget anything.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge?
The organization and breakages.
Tell us about your boat or the boat you would like to have.
An old boat I’m refurbishing so she’ll be ready.
Do you intend to link your personal challenge to a social cause?
200,000+ miles sailed.
Boat name: Louis 1 er
Sail number: TBA
Upwind sail area: TBA
Downwind sail area: TBA