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Monday 15 November 2021

The OceanoScientific Programme turns 15

Just fifteen years ago, on November 14, 2006, on the fifth floor of Tower 45/46 of Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris), in the meeting room of the Oceanography and Climate Laboratory - Experiments and Approaches Numériques (LOCEAN), after a lunch with the eminent oceanographer Jean-Claude Gascard initiated by Eric Bellion, the OceanoScientific Programme was born. Yvan Griboval presents his idea - totally absurd in 2006! - to collect quality scientific data at the Ocean - Atmosphere interface with ocean racing sailboats under the 40th parallel South and the three major continental capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Cape Horn, on the Vendée Globe route and the Volvo Ocean Race. Scientists consider this: "Very useful but impossible". The ocean racing world chuckles: "It will never work!" ...


The very first version of the OceanoScientific System  (OSC System ) just before being put on board Boogaloo, the first oceanographic racing sailboat, on October 13, 2009 in the port of Caen (Normandy - France) - Photo SailingOne 2009

The scientists gathered at LOCEAN to listen to Yvan Griboval, sailor, former journalist and self-taught entrepreneur without any scientific knowledge, including Laurence Eymard (Director of LOCEAN in 2006), Gilles Reverdin, Fabienne Gaillard, Nicolas Metzl and a few others, are seduced by the idea. But they declared it impossible to achieve because of the existing equipment unsuitable for being embarked on a small oceanic racing sailboat of 15-20 meters, whether it was sailed with a crew or, a fortiori, solo! However, to tell Yvan Griboval that something is impossible is to launch your imagination towards new innovations. Thus begins the adventure of the OceanoScientific Programme, which has continued to develop ever since.  


The specific features of the OSC System are the automatic collection every six seconds of scientific quality data of a dozen parameters at the Air - Sea interface where the Climate is played out. Every hour, from H-10 to H-00, a median of the data is produced automatically by the OSC-Software, then automatically transmitted by Iridium to Météo-France, which controls the quality before broadcasting it on the Global Telecommunication System. (GTS). These unprecedented data are then accessible free of charge to all scientific institutes, in particular to feed weather forecasts. Data collected every six seconds is stored on the hard drive of the OSC System. They are accessible by the scientists in charge of their study from their own computer, without having to leave their laboratory.


Yvan Griboval opened this very innovative path fifteen years ago with the aim of helping scientists "Better know the Ocean to better preserve it ". This is the original concept imagined, then shared with the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, whose great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert I, was the first to use a yacht to conduct oceanographic campaigns, as early as 1885. Prince Albert I, moreover, remains Yvan Griboval's "Spiritual Guide".


However, little by little, realizing the relevance of the idea and the success of the implementation, some sailors in turn embarked on this path. Liz Wardley, Alexia Barrier and Boris Hermann first, convinced of the usefulness of the approach in all areas, especially for the sponsoring partners of their teams. Fabrice Amedeo followed. And now Éric Defert, who usefully revives the large monohull designed by Gilles Vaton for the circumnavigations of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, then Maud Fontenoy. Still others will join them and that's good.


Indeed, today, a good number of offshore racers can collaborate in oceanographic programs thanks to the material marketed by Stefan Marx (SubCtech) who has produced a product derived from the OSC System that he markets to oceanic racers and former racers at affordable financial terms.


"As Fabienne Gaillard (Ifremer) said", reports Yvan Griboval, "scientists need private participatory science initiatives to enrich international databases with in situ information collected in little or no explored maritime areas. that is to say almost the entire expanse of the Ocean with the exception of commercial maritime routes".


Fabienne Gaillard was the "Mum" of the OceanoScientific Programme. She guided Yvan Griboval in the development of the OSC System and its application, before leaving us on March 25, 2017, just the day before passing Cape Horn during the very first oceanographic campaign carried out under sail without discharge of CO2 under the 40th South, solo, by Yvan Griboval (OceanoScientific Expedition 2016-2017).


Constantly innovating and now based in Monaco and the harbor of Toulon, Yvan Griboval continues to develop the OceanoScientific Programme by enriching it with new parameters within the framework of the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2021 - 2026 , without abandoning the collection of data from quality at the Air - Sea interface, with ever more efficient equipment. 


The architects of the OSC System : the first oceanographic equipment intended for racing sailboats imagined by Yvan Griboval in 2005-2006, are the Germans Martin Kramp (SailingOne), on the left, and Stefan Marx (CONTROS) here at aboard Boogaloo in Caen (Normandy-France) in 2009.

Photo SailingOne 2009


On October 13, 2009 in the port of Caen, Stefan Marx (CONTROS) carried out the final tests of the first prototype of the OSC System before it was loaded aboard Boogaloo. It will be declared operational by scientists from Ifremer, LOCEAN and Météo-France the following day.

Photo SailingOne 2009


On November 13, 2009, that is to say just three years to one day after the creation of the OceanoScientific Programme , it is the moment of truth: the sea test of the OSC System in Brest under the supervision of Fabienne Gaillard and Patrick Farcy. Mission accomplished, equipment validated, the adventure can continue… - Photo SailingOne 2009


Several versions of the OSC System have been tested under different conditions. For example, Christophe Chaumont (SailingOne) is installing a prototype here aboard La Louise , Thierry Dubois' polar expedition sailboat, in Nuuk (Greenland) in spring 2012 - Photo SailingOne 2012


It's aboard the three-master Bark Europa that the prototypes of the OSC System have been the most tested, in particular from Sydney (Australia) to Cape Town (South Africa) with several trips back and forth between Ushuaia (Argentina) and the Antarctic peninsula in 2012 and 2013, sometimes in really hostile conditions.

Photo SailingOne 2013


From November 2013, Yvan Griboval himself leads the oceanographic campaigns with the OceanoScientific Explorer "Boogaloo ". On April 24, 2013, his faithful mate, Maxime Dréno unloads the OSC System on the honorary pontoon of the Yacht Club de Monaco at the end of the OceanoScientific Atlantic Expedition 2013-2014 -  Photo SailingOne 2014

Monday 4 October 2021

"It is urgent to marry Ecology and Economy"

"It has become obvious: Only a better knowledge of the Ocean will allow its virtuous exploitation while respecting Nature for the benefit of future generations… because the Earth is at the end of its rope. Let's stop piling up alarmist scientific findings, and consider the Ocean as the most gigantic resource of Humanity and demonstrate that Ecology and Economy can be combined effectively while respecting Nature, by virtuously exploiting what it offers us and which we must preserve for Human being survival on the planet, because we fundamentally do not have more rights there than any wild animal. I consider that if the Ocean becomes a source of profits other than the fruits of plunder, a controlled economy will contribute to its long-term preservation."


Yvan Griboval (at the helm) and Maxime Dreno have been teaming up since spring 2014 on the occasion of all OceanoScientific Expeditions carried out in double or crew, as here in October 2020 during the first OceanoScientific Contaminants Mediterranean Expedition - Photo OceanoScientific 2020

After having innovated in 2006-2009 by inventing the first oceanographic data collection station at the Air-Sea interface (OSC System) intended for sailboats of 15-20 meters to provide scientists with automatic and almost real time information on the exact state of the Ocean in areas with little or no traffic; after carrying out the first oceanographic campaign at the Air-Sea interface under the 40th parallel South (60 days solo under the three major continental capes as part of a world tour from Monaco to Monaco - OceanoScientific Expedition 2016-2017 ), we will now demonstrate that it is possible to exploit virtuously coral reef resources  for the benefit of human Health and Well-being, strictly without any impact on the marine organisms that live there. This is the ambition of the 2021-2026 OceanoScientific Programme."


Yvan Griboval

President of the OceanoScientific associations

Designer and Director of OceanoScientific Expeditions

Tuesday 27 July 2021

One turn can hide another ...

The forty-fourth edition of the Tour de France à la voile (Tour Voile ) ended on Saturday July 24 with a friendly regatta dedicated to the associations on board each of the Diam 24 (7.25 m) one-design trimarans in competition. On this occasion, Oscar Péan at the helm of SEAFLOATECH Team Jeune Sud , which sported the logo of the OceanoScientific France & Monaco associations on its floats and in its sails, made the powder speak by taking a hot start and doing a large part of the course at the helm of the fleet (photo).



© Yvan Griboval - OceanoScientific

Oscar Péan, Eliot Bourgeois and Lilyan Bretagne at the helm of SEAFLOATECH Team Jeune Sud of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez made the powder speak on Serre-Ponçon lake, Saturday July 24 - Photo OceanoScientific

Throughout the month of July, in the Channel as in the Atlantic, Oscar and his dream team carried our fundamental values: LOVE, RESPECT and PRESERVE the Ocean and its biodiversity for the benefit of future generations. Or a community of essential values with SEAFLOATECH, the start-up dedicated to mooring solutions preserving Nature and the seabed created by Lionel Péan. Recall that Oscar Péan was surrounded by Olga Maniglier (17 years old), Eliot Bourgeois (17 years old), Samuel Enjalbert (17 years old), Raphaël Miniglier (19 years old), Rémi Pazza (21 years old) and Lilyan Bretagne (16 years old). Everyone took turns in all the team's tasks, whether on land or on the water. This operation was a first and the edition of the Tour Voile 2022 is already in the sights, whether for Oscar Péan and his gang, as for the OceanoScientific associations ...

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Tuesday 6 July 2021

Young Sailors Fly the Flag

For the forty-fourth edition of the sailing tour de France (Tour Voile) a team of young sailors led by Oscar Péan - just 18 years old - has entered, flying the flag of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez. The SEAFLOATECH Team Jeune Sud sports the logo of the OceanoScientific France & Monaco associations on its floats and in its sails, thereby promoting their fundamental values: to LOVE, RESPECT and PRESERVE the Ocean and its biodiversity for the benefit of future generations. The association between OceanoScientific's image and that of SEAFLOATECH is more than fitting: the company created by Lionel Péan - the well-known sailing champion, and father of Oscar - is a start-up dedicated to mooring solutions preserving Nature and the seabed. On board the Diam 24 one-design trimaran (7.25 m), two crew members assist the helmsman and skipper, Oscar Péan, together with a group of six young athletes: Olga Maniglier (17), Eliot Bourgeois (17), Samuel Enjalbert (17), Raphaël Miniglier (19), Rémi Pazza (21) et Lilyan Bretagne (16). It is important that youngsters understand the importance of the major concerns affecting the Ocean, doubly threatened by the consequences of climate change and plastic pollution, and thus help the widest possible audience take action on those issues. For doing so, we warmly thank Oscar and his crew!


Oscar Péan and his two teammates from the SEAFLOATECH Team Jeune Sud of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez fly the colours of the OceanoScientific associations in the Tour Voile 2021, from Dunkerque to Royan and then Serre-Ponçon from 2 to 24 July.  Photo Jean-Marie Liot / TourVoile 2021

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Thursday 7 January 2021

Ten years already… and now let’s focus on health!

Ten years ago, on 7 January 2011, Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet (President), Rupert Schmid, André Ladurelli (†) and Olivier Piquet created a philanthropic association at the initiative of Yvan Griboval under the name of ROSS for Research - OceanoScientific - Sport, which was to become MEROCEANS, to finally become an OceanoScientific non-profit domiciled at the Maison des Océans, founded in Paris (fifth district) in 1911 by Prince Albert I of Monaco. Clairefontaine Papeteries Group, then Biologique Recherche Company were its first patrons and they remain so today, thus proving their unwavering commitment to the preservation of the Ocean.


In May 2019, an OceanoScientific philanthropic association was created in Monaco, hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco. Both are now chaired by Yvan Griboval. Cécile d'Estais is their General Delegate.


Henceforth OceanoScientific Expeditions will take part in deploying a new oceanographic activity for the benefit of HUMAN WELL-BEING and HEALTH, whether in cosmetics, dermatology or cancer research.

The first OceanoScientific Coral Expedition is scheduled for the Red Sea, where the coral reefs are scientifically reputed to be more robust than elsewhere in the world to the attacks of climate change and in particular to the rise in the temperature of sea water - Photo Israel Science Info

Originally, the OceanoScientific Programme, created on 14 November 2006, consisted in collecting scientific physicochemical data at the air-sea interface during OceanoScientific Expeditions carried out by sail without CO2 emissions, in the North Atlantic then in regions of the seas that are seldom explored if at all around Antarctica: OceanoScientific Expedition 2016-2017 - Round the world single-handed / First oceanographic campaign by sail for 60 days under the 40th Southern parallel and the three major continental capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn. 


The long-standing scientific partners of OceanoScientific Programme are: the Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer), Météo-France, the Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat / Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN - INSU - CNRS) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), to which other institutes and laboratories are occasionally added depending on the nature of the data collected and the geographical area of exploration.


In 2020, the OceanoScientific Programme expanded its focus with the study of surface contaminants, due to pollution, particularly plastic, thanks to the OceanoScientific Mediterranean Contaminants Expedition 2020 conducted aboard the AMAALA EXPLORER maxi-catamaran, from Monaco to Porto-Cervo (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), La Seyne-sur-Mer (France) and Monaco, from October 15 to 29.


The new step in the OceanoScientific Programme involves creating an unprecedented base of traceable genetic data from coral and its ecosystem, thanks to a series of new partnerships. These genetic data are intended to reproduce and formulate molecules of interest for use in HUMAN WELL-BEING and HEALTH through eco-responsible biotechnological processes.


To do so, OceanoScientific Expeditions will be carried out by sail all over the world, without CO2 emissions or waste, aboard the LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran equipped with a new OSC System for the automatic collection and transmission of physicochemical data, in marine coral areas that have been seldom explored if at all. The first objective involves the coral reefs of the Red Sea, renowned for their exceptional resistance to global warming. The departure from the Yacht Club de Monaco is scheduled sometimes in the last quarter of the year… If the Covid-19 pandemic does not upset the agenda.

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