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  • Gilles Pillonel

    • 35, Swiss
    • Marshall Islands
    • Checked in 3 weeks ago
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  • NationalitySwiss

  • Age35

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of Portuguese

  • Qualifications 1st Aid
    RYA Power Boat Level II
    RYA Radar
    RYA Yachtmaster
    Short Range VHF / GMDSS

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

My background in mechanical engineering and own a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification. In 2018 I've started in Shanghai a round the world attempt by bicycle and sailboat. After cycling 21'000km in 18 months I set sail in South Africa for a first ocean crossing. I have sailed over 22'000 nautical miles since, including in the real challenging waters of the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Peninsula.

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • Make/modelLavranos L34

  • Length34 feet

  • Berth3

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionSV Spectrum was built in 1988 by the best regarded production boatbuilder in South Africa, John Robertson Yachts (later Robertson & Caine, now the 2nd largest catamaran builder in the world). This boat, along with the smaller L26 are the most popular official One Design Classes ever built in South Africa. It was refitted and prepared for high latitude cruising in 2022 and reached the Antarctic Peninsula in February 2023.

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Competent and professional captain


I completed 1,200 nautical miles with Gilles aboard Spectrum from Nuku Hiva to Christmas Island, Kiribati. He is very experienced and always thinking of safety first. I enjoyed the experience and passage. Thank you.

12th Mar 2024

Good and experience Captain


Crossed from Guaruja - São Paulo until Rio Grande - Rio Grande do Sul, for 15 days.. Nice Crossing, good experience, good person, good friend...

1st Sep 2022

Best captain and really good person


Crossed vitória - ES - Brasil until RIo de Janeiro - RJ - Brasil, about 300 nm, with 3 stops on the way. Nice crossing and really good times...

10th Nov 2020

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