Solidarity of seafarers: PONANT supports the trimaran “Use It Again! by Extia”
When Christophe Colaris, Captain of the PONANT ship “Le Lyrial” saw skipper Romain Pilliard on the quay and his sailing boat “Use It Again!” in a bad way, he immediately made his crew and logistics resources available to assist the trimaran.
This act of solidarity so natural to all seafarers turned out to be the start of a new adventure.
After a month working on repairs, Romain Pilliard resumed his westabout round the world with Christophe Colaris aboard, as a new team member, and PONANT, as a new partner.
Having made it back to Ushuaia after grounding in Cook’s Bay, the trimaran “Use It
Again!” by Extia was not in a state to continue its round the world.
It was in the Patagonia port that they were welcomed by sailors on “Le Lyrial” one of PONANT’s ships. Alerted to the situation by the rescue team, the crew on “Le Lyrial” swung into action to help Romain Pilliard prepare his trimaran before it was lifted out of the water, an act of solidarity that provided the project with invaluable logistical assistance.
CHRISTOPHE COLARIS EMBARKS AS CREW ON “USE IT AGAIN!” BY EXTIA AS FAR AS PAPEETE
Fully operational again, Use It Again! by Extia casts off to cross the Pacific to Tahiti, the next port of call on her westabout round the world to raise awareness of ocean protection and to promote the circular economy.
And for the next stage Romain Pilliard has invited Christophe Colaris to join as crew. Our Captain is no novice, as he’s been sailing since he was ten and already has several transatlantics under his belt. However, sailing on an Ultime class trimaran is an all-time first for him.