Maud Fontenoy

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Maud Fontenoy pictured by 2512 magazine the day she left the Réunion island, sitting between politician Paul Vergès and journalist Patrick Poivre d'Arvor.

Maud Fontenoy (born September 7, 1977) is a French sailor known for her rowings across the Atlantic (2003) and Pacific (2005) oceans.

Most recently, she completed a sailing trip around the Antarctic alone, against prevailing winds. Departed from the Réunion island on October 15, 2006, she crossed the finish line on March 14, 2007, having sailed for 14,500 km (9,000 mi). [nb 1]

She was awarded the French Order of Merit (Ordre national du mérite) on 12 July 2007.

Fontenoy was named the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the World Ocean Network Spokesperson for the Ocean on 3 June 2009[1]

Maud Fontenoy has three children: Mahé (with Thomas Vollaire), Hina (with an unknown man), and Loup (with Raphaël Enthoven).[2]


  1. ^ However, this sailing trip is not accepted as an official sailing "around the globe". This has been made clear in the newsletter no 128 by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, which states that "The WSSR Rule for Around the World - rule 26a - calls for a minimum orthodromic track distance of the vessel of at least 21,600 nautical miles (the distance of the great circle)"The Courses Offshore. WSSRC newsletter no 128 regarding Maud de Fontenoy


  1. ^ World Ocean Day 8 June 2009 USESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Retrieved 2009-06-28
  2. ^ Maud Fontenoy : En guerre contre le père de son troisième enfant !

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