On a mystical autumn morning, we take Alan’s boat out of Port-Noir Harbour in Geneva, and after the professional sailor makes a few precise hand movements, the white sails fill with wind. What already feels turbulent to us is not comparable with the adventures that Alan experiences on the deep blue oceans. He sails alone for months in waves over eight metres high and stormy seas in order to sail around the world without stopping. On placid Lake Geneva, Alan is now completely relaxed. Here there is nothing to fear, such as floating containers that could collide with his boat.
On the lake, looking towards the multicultural and spirited city of Geneva, we listen to the wind in the sails and enjoy the calm. Alan describes his hometown as a place where many decisions of international importance are made. This parallel has also shown the way forward for his life. «People think I am a bit crazy,» says the young man with a hearty laugh. His passion for sailing and his positive attitude towards life are literally palpable. «I cannot imagine a life without a boat,» says the seafarer and talks about his swimming companions.