Philippe Poupon and his adventure aboard "Fleur Australe"
"For eight years now, Fleur Australe has sailed the seas of the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. We have traveled more than 80 000 miles, the equivalent of 3 world tours across the oceans.
It is with particular thoroughness that I prepared these navigations and from the beginning we equipped our boat with an Advanced Tracking device."
I had several goals that have influenced the choice of this device.
The first was to relay our position for our website, and to give everybody a chance to follow our tracks anywhere, in the Northwest Passage, the southern seas or Polynesia.
The second, to associate with the scientific probes, IFREMER, that record temperature and salinity. The system works perfectly and IFREMER can also get a position every hour, and add temperature and ocean salinity to it. The last one is the distress system. Fortunately we haven't had to use it, but it is a useful source of safety.
While getting ready for our expedition in the Red Sea, and knowing that pirates were present in this area, we decided to double the system with this last generation tracking device, to take advantage of the "pirate button" option that sends information in case of a pirate attack on the boat. We passed this information on to different security services monitoring this area, and they were able to follow the Fleur Australe's route and were able to respond quickly to a request of assistance".
Philippe Poupon - September 5th, 2017