"It's not because things are difficult that we don't dare; it's because we don't dare the things are difficult." Seneca

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money." american native


"I do not know if these are the views of Saint Exupery or Mermoz who gave me the desire to know the places they had developed their image and feelings they described in their books ... But need to join Brazil in flight on a microlight led me into one of the most dangerous adventures that I have been given to achieve "



"After 15 years traveling the oceans on my sailboat charter and my big multihull racing, following a trail of 350 000 miles and several dozen Atlantic crossings, I always run to the far horizon curves continue fleeing constantly behind the waves. Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Pacific, Indian are all maritime areas that have haunted and that always attract me with the same force! "


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1994 - The Atlantic crossing drifting and swimming

Crossing the Atlantic only drifting  and swiming is the story of Guy Delage, who made the headlines of newspapers. A strong scientific team had prepared and communicated with him every day.

“Oceanantes” : December 16, 1994, Guy Delage only leaves the beaches of the archipelago of Cape Verde.
The goal is to reach the island of Barbados in the Caribbean, swimming from 6 to 8 hours per day and diverting the remaining time on a tiny raft. There is no accompanying boat. He arrived in Barbados 55 days later!

Characteristics of the raft:
Length 4 m
Width 2.5m
Weight 225 Kg

Major Sponsors:
Sector Watches
Mairie de Nantes
General Restoration
Research Center Nestlé
Leclerc Verdun

Studying the behavior of humans during long-term efforts in a hostile environment (physiology, psychology, stress)
Observe the pelagic fauna encountered and their behavior
Develop a set of products needed to this task (food, mask, fins, wetsuit, anti shark).


Raft: habitable part of 2 m long, 0.6 wide and 0.75m high. Facilities 110kg. Food 153 kg
Swimming float
Fins prototype mask prototype diving suit prototype.

900 hours of endurance training
Preparation Nutritional
150 scientists from 55 research programs to achieve the necessary material to the experience.

Difficulties encountered:

Shark attack
Loss of the raft for 2 hours 30
Burn jellyfish Physalia

Results, advances in knowledge, patents:

Mask panoramic view (170 °) without distortion (now used by the U.S. Navy)
Fins for endurance
Combination of long-term effort
Food effort tailored to the nutrition of diabetics (Nestle)
Electric Anti Shark

Scientific publications:
Comments offish - Cybium 1995, 19 (4): 413-417
Amac 9th day on the composite 22 to 24 November 1994
Mechanism of damage of composite (Lamy-Burtin) 11th Congress of French mechanical Lille 1993
The combination of the feat - ITF - 1995






Ocean "My relationship with water and ocean is truly carnal.”

Born in the depths of the Champagne countryside, nothing predisposed to do that Guy Delage will love the ocean dumping ... yet it is one of them who will make known at 18, crossing the Channel by swimming alone and without assistance...

1973 Le Conquet – Ouessant with fin still alone and without assistance
thousands of hours diving and snorkeling
In 1994, Guy Delage crossed the Atlantic alone, drifting and swimming
In 1998, he embarked on a voyage across the Indian Ocean drifting in a passenger submarine to 7 meters depth.