Florence Arthaud

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Florence Arthaud
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Florence Arthaud in 2009
Personal information
Nickname(s)"La petite fiancée de l'Atlantique"
Born(1957-10-28)28 October 1957
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Died9 March 2015(2015-03-09) (aged 57)
Villa Castelli, La Rioja Province, Argentina

Florence Arthaud (28 October 1957 – 9 March 2015) was a French sailor from Boulogne-Billancourt.[1] She was the daughter of Jacques Arthaud, director of the Arthaud publishing house.


At age 17, she was in a serious car accident, which resulted in paralysis. She was hospitalized for six months and her recovery took two years.[2] She had a daughter with Loïc Lingois, a French professional sailor. In 1989, she recorded a song, "Flo", with Pierre Bachelet about her sailing.[3] In 1990, she won the Route du Rhum for Pierre 1er. In 1997, she won the Transpacific with Bruno Peyron.[4]

She sailed in the 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race on board Charles Jourdan.

In 1990, Arthaud established a new world record for the fastest solo crossing of the North Atlantic, beating the previous record by two days.[5]

In 2014, she took part in Sea Shepherd's "GrindStop" campaign against pilot-whale whaling in the Faroe Islands.[6]


In 2015, Arthaud took part in Dropped, a reality television show on TF1 in which sportspeople were transported by helicopters into the wilderness. During filming on 9 March 2015, she died in a helicopter collision in Argentina along with nine other people, two of whom were fellow contestants.[7]


  1. ^ "Florence Arthaud rend visite aux élèves ingénieurs de l'institut Fénelon à Grasse". Nice Matin. December 2012. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. ^ Biographie de Florence Arthaud Le Parisien
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8NHU2MeKIA
  4. ^ L'éternelle fiancée Le Monde'. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  5. ^ "French sports stars among 10 killed in helicopter crash while filming reality show". RTÉ News. 10 March 2015. Archived from the original on 10 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. ^ Skynews.com – Celebritie join Dolphin Hunt Battle Archived 30 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "French Olympians filming reality TV survival show killed in helicopter crash in Argentina". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 March 2015.