The sailboat Évasion is the first of offshore class offshore sailing boat that has crossed the passage of the North Sea to the Black Sea
Évasion is rigged sloop, convertible in the manner of a cutter with larguable forestay for staysail. She has a long keel [with saffron in its extension] and inverted transom like all classic yachts. The yacht has a low water draft, has a central cockpit and a « flush deck » bridge. (See below for full specs))
Built in series by a famous site, it has a fiberglass hull with quickwork reinforced with epoxy-kevlar at the bow of a strength able to withstand the ravages of the ice. She was the favorite unit for charter in the Caribbean and has the reputation of being built like a « tank ». She has not only the ability to survive [in the event coral heads scrapes] in tropical countries. She has, among other things, survived ice over 3 feet and she faced afloat, the snowstorm of the century here in Québec at the end of December 2012. In 2014, Quebec experienced the coldest winter in decades with a record of 92 years old cold beaten while Évasion was still afloat. see:Successful winterizing for Évasion
In recent years, in addition to having navigated the river and the Gulf of St Lawrence, she pointed her bow at several of the world’s seas and oceans, the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, through the Atlantic several times. She is certainly one of Quebec pleasure craft that has a logbook filled with adventure and travel.
Évasion is unique because it was the first pleasure boat to do « incredible journey ». With captain Jean-Paul Godin at the helm and after a crossing of the Atlantic, the North Sea, channels in Europe and the Black Sea, she went and wet her quickwork at the gates of Russia. In eleven months, Évasion sailed in 18 countries. A book (Évasion behind the Iron Curtain), articles of nautical magazines and newspapers reported this exceptional adventure.
In mid-winter in the Mediterranean, Évasion was caught in a cyclone with winds of 85 knots and waves of over 50 feet (depending on the local newspaper), eventually finding refuge in Italy. Sicilians were dismayed, they spoke of a miracle in Évasion to be unhurt, those who came to witness the disappearance of four of theirs in the storm. You will see a curvature of the boom, evidence of violence of seas faced by Évasion.
She reached on sail upwind without an engine, the custom’s dock of Gibraltar nicknamed « impregnable » and has already accomplished a crossing of the Atlantic from east to west in a record time of 23 days to reach St. Martin in the Caribbean. It also has, among others, crossed the Panama Canal and sailed in hostile countries like Colombia.
Évasion is a cruising sailboat which offers comfort, safety and convenience, but it can cheerfully take more sporting paces. She won a few times the Champlain Omnium , one of the most popular races on Lake Champlain. In short, her log and historic of cruises is filled and you will feel on board a soul of a large cruise boat.
You can access her center cockpit, through one of her two companionway, and beautiful traditional teak fittings and marine mahogany. Inside is a large square with living room and nautical library « world tour », a bottom window (glass bottom) to watch the seabed and a wood stove. The yacht also has a full kitchen, a living room with [watch beds] and two large cabins each with adjacent bathrooms. A gangway (coursive) adjoining the cockpit with card table, allows easy movement between all sailboat cabins and provides access to the vast engine room where all systems are located to the proper functioning of the boat.
The boat was inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame for his great fame and its innovative design. She is constantly maintained and renovated with annual investments of between 15 000 and 20 000 per year over the last 10 years to maintain a seaworthy condition and ensure comfort to its guests. With a long keel and its low draft of water, it can just as easily navigate safely in the shallow waters of the Bahamas … or the Chambly basin!
A book on the yatch is available in bookstores since 2014: Évasion, behind the Iron Curtain. ISBN:9782895902232