August 17, 2022
Marie-Andrée Poulin was an entertainment and weather reporter for the TVA and LCN French-language networks for many years. “On Deck” discussion with the spokesperson for the Femina Cup which was held July 7-10.
When and how did you start sailing?
We started in 2017. My boyfriend (Richard Petit) told me that he wanted us to have something that we could all do as a family. He had always wanted to have a boat and be out there on the water. I thought it was a great idea! The fact is that at that time, we were always running around, having to plan everything in advance to be able to balance work and family life. So trying to find quality time that everyone could enjoy together wasn’t easy. We had never done it, so we spent a week on a catamaran in the Bahamas and all three of us got hooked!
We then started to take courses: cruising, marine weather, VHF-ASN radio and first-aid for me, and for my boyfriend, how to travel across the Atlantic, offshore safety and survival course, intermediate offshore safety and survival at large, intermediate and advanced coastal navigation, electricity onboard, adjustment of sailing and regattas, advanced marine weather, and also for my boyfriend, the basic and intermediate sailing courses.
We bought a catamaran, a Lagon 40 that was docked in the Bahamas. My daughter started attending sailing camps every summer and we would spend our holidays out on the boat. We also spent an entire month on our boat, it was perfect!
Continues here: https://www.sailing.ca/on-deck-marie-andree-poulin/