The Ocean Rider

French-Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon is making a mad bet: to complete the first round-the-world tour, alone, on a catamaran.
The Ocean Rider with Yvan Bourgnon produce by VertigesProd


Running time

70 minutes

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Our Judges say:

This is a festival must watch. It is an incredible story and has you on the edge of you seat for the hole film. You really feel the sun and taste the sea spray as our character takes on an inhuman feat of Endurance and skill.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Don’t miss this it’s incredible! A self-filmed solo journey sailing around the world in a tiny tiny boat. Full of drama, an epic adventure, and what a character.

Anna Paxton

French-Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon - a pillar of the offshore race and winner of the Jacques Vabre transatlantic race - is making a mad bet: to complete the first round-the-world tour, alone, on a catamaran without cockpit, a boat the size of a beach sailboat. 

220 days and 55'000km at sea, without being able to shelter from the elements. A tightrope walker, alone with his camera, he confronts a shipwreck, storms, pirates, the cold, the heat, but also enjoys innumerable moments of happiness and success. An immersion in a long and difficult adventure that Yvan Bourgnon, like an artist, makes accessible, comfortable, almost poetic. An adventure that also highlights the worrying issue of pollution and the preservation of the oceans, a cause for which Yvan Bourgnon is now actively involved, with his project The Sea Cleaners.


A documentary of Sébastien Devrient 

Production : Carole Dechantre/Vertiges Prod 

Illustrations : Guillaume De Bats