When I was young, I raced a lot in the Mediterranean as a crew member, before quitting sailing to devote myself to my family and my professional life.
In 2015, 2 years before retiring, I visited the Gand pavois in La Rochelle. My program: cruises in the Mediterranean, “Winter Challenge” type regattas, fast sailing and pleasure. I remember Gilles’ words: “I don’t have a plan to show you, nor a photo, but you’ll see, the Pogo 36 will be a great boat! “. I trust him, and therefore order my first boat. I had no idea what it meant to join the Pogo “family”.
In July 2017, I took delivery of Amarys and with 3 friends we sailed quickly to the Mediterranean via Gibraltar. Barely past Gibraltar, a pontoon neighbor comes to see me, he runs on a Pogo 30 and we exchange our phone numbers.
As a family, we reach Italy near Livorno, our home port. We do the winter regattas, then finish 4° in the Regatta of the Naval Academy of Livorno (600 miles).
In early 2018, the person I met near Gibraltar offered me to do the return Transat on a Pogo 30, within a flotilla of 5 Pogo 30s. Great! During this return transat, I decided to do a transat with Amarys, it was the logical next step. The project: end of 2019 transat outward (ARC +), beginning of 2020, transat return (ARC return).
I decide to do some offshore racing to prepare myself and Amarys well. To run on a Pogo I easily find good level teammates.
When the boat is going flat out (we peaked at 20 N), or when we are in a good storm, we are very happy to have a high-performance, robust, reliable and safe sailboat.
A huge thank you to all Pogo staff, both office and production people for their advice, their assistance, their seriousness in their work.
Signed: Amarys and Eric