Roland Jourdain, patron of HYDROCONTEST 2015
Monday, 29 June 2015

Roland Jourdain, patron of HYDROCONTEST 2015


New patron of HYDROCONTEST 2015, the charismatic and committed sailor is convinced that the future of our oceans will depend on the level of awareness and involvement of the younger generations, as they will become tomorrow’s key actors of the nautical and maritime industry.

Winner of the Route du Rhum 2006 and 2010, of the Rolex Fastnet and the Transat Jacques Vabres, French sailor Roland Jourdain is among the most gifted sailors of his generation and one of the most committed to the environmental issues.

Roland started sailing the seven seas when he was 19. He was confronted with the importance of environmental protection very early and throughout his numerous travels, which eventually made him an outspoken man of conviction. « The ocean is used like a carpet; we lift a corner and use it to cover the dust that was just swept around it », he often reminds us.


Turning words into deeds, he developed within his company Kairos in 2009 an expertise in bio-sourced composites and built the Gwalaz in 2013, the first 7-meter trimaran prototype made from partially bio-sourced linen fibre, cork and resin. As a pioneer who is always trying to take things a step further, he created in 2014 the Explore funds to help develop projects addressing environmental challenges.


Because HYDROCONTEST truly resonates with the Explore funds’ missions – understanding, innovating, raising awareness – and his very own values, Roland Jourdain fully supports the project and the outstanding work of all participating teams. Some of them even chose to call on his company to use bio-sourced composites to build their prototypes.


“The HYDROCONTEST reminds me of the time I was building the first sailboats made of carbon fibre. It seemed like an endless series of tests and mistakes on a technology that was brand new in our field, and these were thrilling moments of pure exploration of the unknown. Today I can feel it is the exact same mindset that animates the students who will compete on Lake Geneva in July! Such great pioneering spirits put together on research on energy efficiency can only lead to exceptional results!”