Isabelle Autissier

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Isabelle Autissier in 2008.

Isabelle Autissier (born 18 October 1956) is a French sailor, navigator, writer, and broadcaster. She is celebrated for being the first woman to have completed a solo world navigation in competition (BOC Challenge 1990-91).

While competing in the 1994-95 BOC Challenge Autissier's boat Ecureuil Poitou Charentes II was dismasted and severely damaged approximately 900 nautical miles (1,700 km) south of Adelaide, Australia. Autissier was rescued on 1 January 1995 by a Seahawk helicopter launched from the Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Darwin.[1][2][3]

In the 1998–99 Around Alone race Autissier was rescued by fellow competitor Giovanni Soldini (it; fr) when her boat PRB capsized approximately 1,900 miles (3,100 km) west of Cape Horn.[4]


  • Rendez-vous avec la mer (Rendez-vous with the sea), with Antoine Le Séguillon (fr) (Solar, 1996)
  • Une solitaire autour du monde (Alone around the World), with Éric Cocquerel (Arthaud, 1997)
  • Kerguelen, le voyageur au pays de l'ombre (Kerguelen, the Traveller in the Land of Shadow), (Grasset, 2006)
  • Salut au Grand Sud (Goodbye to the Great South), with Érik Orsenna, (Stock, 2006)
  • Versant océan : l'île du bout du monde (Sloping Ocean: the Island at the end of the World) with Lionel Daudet (fr), (Grasset, 2008)
  • Passer par le Nord. La nouvelle route maritime (Going through the North. The new sea route), with Érik Orsenna (Paulsen, 2014)


  1. ^ "RAN Activities in the Southern Ocean". Semaphore (Royal Australian Navy) (18). October 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Hancock, Brian (6 January 2003). "Around Alone fleet north east from Tasmania to the top of NZ", Sail World. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  3. ^ Pendlebury, Jarrod "Backbone of the Air Force: Hercules proves a sure thing for No.36 Squadron", Air Force. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  4. ^ Howe, Robert F. (1 March 1999) "The Deep End of the Sea", Time. Retrieved 19 June 2010.