Stephane and the GRYNING
A commitment for true Sailing
and Explorations in remote areas
Sailing is Voyage, Adventure, Freedom. It is also an Art of Living, in a world of Balanced forces, Harmony and Nature. Our philosophy is that a boat is a tool, and not a goal in itself. This is why we always invite our guests to co-create our trips.
The itineraries are custom-designed to satisfy the goals of the crew. What can we offer you? Do you need to reach the big wall that has never been climbed ? Swim with whales, sneak into little coves by kayak, or dinghy ? Or simply enjoy the feeling of being part of a wonderful world. We push you to imagine and create our trips together, and then realize them onboard our boat.
Speaking of the boat, our yacht is a Baltic 55. She was built strong in Finland. She is very seaworthy and can sail quite fast. Yet she also has style and comfort: three heads; quality beds and linens; brilliant brightwork; ambient lighting; high quality cookware; and many other amenities make her delightful.
Together we will take her north to the breathtakingly beautiful and ruggedly remote coastline of East Greenland.
At all times, we will take exceptional care of the boat, because we need her to take care of us. Sailing on a well tuned boat is always satisfying.
We do not especially like marinas and harbours, even if we do appreciate regular contacts with civilisation. A few days in a lonely swinging mooring is always an exciting experience. We love sailing long distances, the boat likes it too. This gives us peace and harmony and the sense of being part of the natural world.
Stephane GIUDICELLI, Skipper
Skills summary :
Ocean going and foreign port experience worldwide
100,000 nautical miles logged
Master class 3 in Engineering, Diploma in Vessel Operations and Nuclear Energy
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore 2016
Strong leadership and team development
Highly effective communication skills
Fastidious attention to detail and safety
Passionate about sailing and diving
Sailing Experience :
Started sailing at the age of nine
Sailed professionally since 1993
Over 100,000nm logged internationally
Officer of The watch unrestricted and Commanding Officer,
STCW 95 certified
Ship captains medical and Safety at sea trained
GMDSS certified for ocean going (UK, 2016)
RYA Yacht master Offshore (UK, 2016)
Other Skills :
Free Diver and Spear Hunter
Alpinism, Speleological explorations
Exploring Ski, Kayaking, Bow Hunting
Stephane Personal Profile :
Stephane is a highly self- motivated and energetic individual with two main passions – people and sailing. He is an effective communicator, with the ability to operate as both a leader and team member.
In terms of both career and sailing, Stephen has never been shy of challenges or adventure.
After leaving school, Stephane joined the French Naval Academy and by the age of 26 completed the elitist Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course, and no limits Underwater Operations.
After almost thirty years in the Navy he decided to acquire a sailboat for remote expeditions support, and pursue his explorations of world and cultures under his own command.
In October 2015 Stephane bought the Yacht GRYNING, and completed various offshore trips in Greenland and Iceland as well as in the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic/Channel/North Sea.
Stephane has traveled over 100,000nm in some of the most inhospitable and demanding waters around the globe.
Charlotte Hathaway, First Mate
6000+ nautical miles logged
Professional charter boat deckhand/cook
RYA Coastal Skipper 2018
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance 2019
RYA VHF radio license 2017
CFBS & First Aid 2019 (French STCW equivalent)
Single-handed sailor and team player
Fluent in French and English
Charlotte Personal Profile:
Charlotte started sailing at the age of 29, just before she left her career in the Scottish traditonal music industry and moved to the French West Indies. It was here she bought her first boat, and built up her sailing experience to eventually sail single-handed around the region.
She crossed the Atlantic in May 2017 with a catamaran delivery back to Europe and then went on to gain professional accreditation to become an official French seafarer and work as a deckhand/cook for local charter businesses in Martinique.
She believes strongly in the need for more female skippers in the professional sailing business and is now working towards her RYA Yachtmaster so she can join their ranks.
Aside from her love of sailing, Charlotte is passionate about sharing traditional music and folklore, having studied Gaelic and oral tradition at University before going on to work professionally in the traditional arts in Scotland.
Adventure for her is in discovering a new landscape, culture, language and cuisine. Most importantly it's in communicating with new people and learning what she can from them, giving whatever she can contribute in return.
You can enjoy her tropical sailing blog there :
Marie IVANEZ, First Mate and Mountain Leader
* 1000+ nautical miles logged
* Professional First Mate on a first class expedition schooner
* Mountain leader
* Fluent in French, Spanish and English
Marie Personal Profile:
Marie discovered sailing in her teenage days, on the family sailing boat in the Mediterranean Sea.
After some years working in technical design, she decided to go back to nature and followed with success the elitist course of French mountain leader, a passion she is now professionally living in the french alps and all around the world.
She is very attracted by the Arctic and the northern seas, has guided in Iceland and Greenland, and she is naturally involved into the sailing process as it is a very exciting way to explore these remote areas.
Marie is the most happy and energetic guide you will ever meet on this side of the world; she firmly believes in the ability of everyone to surpass themselves and to be an integral part of a collective adventure.
Besides her love of mountaineering and sailling, Marie appreciates diversity and will gladly share her interest in photography, music, stories and some good meals.