Though he was not born along the seashore but rather in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, nearby Paris, on Feb. 24th, 1967, Thierry Dubois was fascinated by the sea since his tender years. When he was 20, he decided that such an element would become his whole life.
He first began as a shipbuilding worker, then worked as a tuner and a crewman for the “Haute Normandie” trimaran.
In 1992, Thierry became a skipper himself. In November 1993, he made Amnesty International win the Mini-Transat race and set a new record while crossing between Madeira and St. Martin, on his 6.5m ocean monohull. After such races categorized as “Mini”, he decided to take up a new challenge: he started to run on a 60 foot monohull and took part for the first time in the “Route du Rhum” race in 1994.
In November 1996, on that same boat, Thierry set off on the Vendée Globe race, a sailing race around the world, for single-handed sailors, without any stopovers or assistance. He unfortunately had to abandon his boat after he was capsized in the Indian Ocean.
June 2000, Artemis Transat – Europe 1 New-man Star on “Solidaires”, his new 60 foot monohull. The race was difficult both for men and their boats. Thierry nevertheless completed the monohull class race in 4th place.
November 2000 – February 2001 – Vendée Globe with « Solidaires ».
Due to electronic problems, Thierry had to put in to a New-Zealand port. Thierry hence finished in 105 days his round the world trip being disqualified. But in spite of this, his first aim dedicated to his project “Droits de l’Homme Autour du Monde” (“Human Rights Around the World”) was a success: the “Solidaires” message had actually been around the world!
2003 – 2010: building of the schooner named “La Louise”
After 10 years of long distance races, Thierry involved himself in a new project, with the aim of sharing it with people fond of nature, sea and sailing but also mountains. His objective is now to sail around the North Pole regions, still free of industrial pollution, and to make you discover those majestic areas of silence, quietness and peace.