A seasoned sailor, Stéphane Le Diraison cut his teeth in the Mini 6.50 and then the Class40 before joining the IMOCA circuit in 2016, a trajectory that led him to participate in the last Vendée Globe. Though the experience resulted in his retirement from the race after his boat dismasted at the midway point, Stéphane came away with a lot of positives from every viewpoint: project management, the relationship with partners, preparation and the apprehension associated with sailing hostile waters singlehanded on such a boat… It’s entirely logical then that he was keen to relaunch an IMOCA project.
Sustainable development is a key concern for Stéphane Le Diraison, who for a long time has had the post of head of renewable marine energies at Bureau Veritas. His professional undertaking has enabled him to gain a good understanding of the problems linked to the preservation of our environment, coupled with his strong personal convictions.
The protection of the environment as a common thread
SUEZ, Bouygues Construction and the city of Boulogne-Billancourt: three partners which are already heavily into sustainable development, are joining forces around the project put forward by Stéphane Le Diraison. TIME FOR OCEANS conveys a universal and unifying message: the preservation of the oceans is an action involving multiple protagonists, which gets institutions, companies and citizens to collectively commit to it. Everyone can play a part in contributing to the protection of the environment. For the companies, it’s about integrating the sustainable development data into all their projects. For the citizens, it’s all about small, daily actions that, when all pieced together, can have a significant effect.
Committed to the same cause, namely the transition towards sustainable development, the project’s partners will be raising awareness among their associates in-house as well the general public through a series of very positive actions: themed conferences, educational web series, testimonies from the sea, voicing opinion in the media, educational media, etc. The TIME FOR OCEANS team will be focusing on the use of renewable energies and rigorous waste management, both at sea and on land. During the races he participates in, Stéphane Le Diraison will also suggest challenges to the people following his progress. This abundance of practical actions and citizen-based resources will be placed at the public’s disposal for a future that everyone wants to be sustainable.