Vincent Grison - Navigator

Vincent is a naval architect, navigator and humanitarian worker. After studying at the Solent University of Southampton and the Nantes School of Architecture, he settled in La Rochelle as an independent naval architect. He recently put this activity aside and now devotes himself to emergency humanitarian aid with Médecin Sans Frontière as project coordinator. Vincent has been sailing since his childhood, he has been skipper of classic sailboats, sailor on a three masts and has participated in numerous regattas. He completed 3 Atlantic crossings, the last of which was solo during the 2015 mini transatlantic race where he finished 10th. Since this competition, he has been preparing this expedition to the North Pole, leaving nothing to chance and surrounding himself with the best collaborators.
Rennes North Pole Expedition
The “Rennes – North Pole” expedition is a sustainable development education program based on a polar expedition imagined and carried out locally, in Rennes. Its objective is to raise awareness of climate change by arousing public interest in this issue through the themes of adventure and exploration. Committed and uncompromising, this 3-month expedition will leave Rennes at the end of April 2021 to reach the Arctic ice pack and return. Progressing solely thanks to soft mobility, it will serve as an observatory for education and awareness programs radiating across Rennes and its metropolis.
The educational program today includes 22 elementary classes and 6 leisure centers, mainly in Rennes. The children will work for 2 years on subjects related to the North Pole thanks to resources available online, regular interactions with the expedition (map monitoring, audio/video calls, etc.) and interventions from the Les Petits Débrouillards association. . The expedition is also accompanied by Rennes 2 University through its “Littoral, Environment, Remote Sensing and Geomatics” laboratory which, for 2 years, has been developing a satellite ice detection program with the expedition. The awareness program is aimed at everyone while maintaining an important youth dimension. It consists of using communication tools highlighting the approach of the expedition, its activities and its results: social networks, radio show “Allo le Pôle”, documentary film (Cercle Bleu production) and photo exhibition.