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Backstage at a Tribord shoot

Every Tribord shoot is an adventure in itself that combines business and pleasure. Here's the rundown: there were six of us onboard the “Papillon”, a Cyclade 43.4, when we set sail from La Rochelle for four days at sea, with a visit to the Ile d'Yeu. Our goal? To return to the office with the best possible photos and videos for the 2019 collection!

Crew mugshots

Yacht crew

The adventure onboard

Our sailing itinerary

 

Day 1: We left Hendaye in the morning with the hold full of equipment: 5 bags full of prototypes to be filmed, the cameras and our individual bags, half-full of stuff we will never wear, but "just in case"! When we arrived in La Rochelle, we formed two groups: one to buy our provisions, and the other to pick up the keys from the rental company.
Shopping for six turned out to be tiring and quite a headache too. - “Anaïs doesn't like that”, “Lucy doesn't eat this”, “Do you think we've got enough?”, “You've bought too much pasta”, and so on. - And pushing two trolleys, - one of which was full of bottles of water, felt like a workout at the gym
The team in charge of the boat had its work cut out too: They had to check that everything in the boat was OK, that everything was in working order. And all our stuff had to be carefully stowed, so that it wouldn't move at sea.

Once we were all onboard, our shopping was stowed and we had put on our gear, we could cast off: The adventure and the shoot had started!

Our sailing itinerary

 

We set off in mid-afternoon feeling optimistic, with the perhaps over-ambitious goal of reaching Belle-Ile-en-Mer the next day. We organised turns of duty after sunset. Two teams made up of Anaïs/Julien and Mélanie/Lambert kept 2-hour watches, while Lucy and Robin were free to take pictures whenever they felt like it. When we arrived on the Ile d’Yeu at 10 am, we decided to stay at the mooring to recharge the batteries. It was a sensible decision.

Backstage at the shoot Sailing with Tribord

Day 2 Our night on duty had left us feeling tired. So we all had breakfast together, then enjoyed a well earned nap. While Lucy and Robin emptied their memory cards and recharged the batteries of their cameras, Melanie took the opportunity to check all the outfits for the shoot. We decided to set sail again in the late afternoon to continue taking pictures of the products while sailing. It was also an opportunity to admire a beautiful sunset over the Atlantic! We were lucky enough to have set off just before the night of the stars, which offered us a fabulous starry spectacle.

Day 3 The night was short and we set off towards Sables d'Olonne before sunrise. We had thought of everything. We even listened to Simba's coronation song as the sun rose! Some friends came to see us while we were taking photos and filming: In a moment of total madness, we were surrounded by dolphins that had fun by swimming as close to the boat as possible. Julian switched on the automatic pilot, Robin remembered to get out the drone and Lucy filmed from the bow. We promise that we will post all the films online, but without the sound, in order to protect your hearing. A moment outside time …

 

Once we had got over our emotions and arrived in the port, we took a good shower and the more inexperienced amongst us discovered the feeling of land sickness! None of us had felt sea sick during the trip, but we all experienced the giddiness of feeling land sick.

Backstage at the shoot Sailing with Tribord

Like on the day before, we set off again for another evening shoot. Before leaving, Lucy the tightrope-walking camerawoman, shinned up the mast to film our departure from the port from another angle. We continued shooting until nightfall, before returning to port and continuing to take more pictures during the evening and dinner. We only had one instruction for the shoot:film and photograph sailing scenes and life on board, without playing it up...but it's not easy to eat with cameras always in our faces!

Day 4We reluctantly set off on the journey home, but at least we were able to enjoy one last sunrise. Is it possible to ever get tired of witnessing a sunrise or a sunset? It will certainly never happen to any of us. We were all tired but happy to return with so many happy memories in our minds and, thanks to modern technology, , in our pockets. The memories of all our smartphones were completely full.

Backstage at the shoot Sailing with Tribord
Backstage at the shoot Sailing with Tribord
Backstage at the shoot Sailing with Tribord
Backstage at the shoot Sailing with Tribord
Backstage at the shoot Sailing with Tribord
Backstage at the shoot Sailing with Tribord

Setting off to sea is a moment outside time that is always full of surprises. Sharing these moments and our love of sailing is a top priority for us. We hope that you will join us one day, so that we can help you to escape from your everyday lives and share some great adventures with us.

See you on the water,

Mélanie, Anaïs, Lucie, Robin, Lambert et Julien.

PS: For anyone worried about Lucy, we did actually untie her from the mast before the end of the trip!

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