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A Chance Encounter That Changed Everything Fernard Robichaud's involvement in the La Balsas Expedition was almost serendipitous. While enjoying a weekend off in Montreal, he stumbled upon an article about Marc Modena, who had previously made a similar expedition across the Atlantic. Intrigued, Robichaud sought out Modena and was eventually invited to join the Pacific expedition. The allure of "challenge" and "adventure" was too compelling to resist, and so began a journey that would change his life forever. The Reality Sets In Robichaud admits that he was not "totally prepared" for the expedition. The gravity of what he had committed to hit him

As we gear up for the 50th Anniversary of the La Balsas Expedition, we are honoured to announce that Fernard Robichaud, an original crew member, will be gracing the event with his presence. This is a rare opportunity to connect with a living part of this incredible history. The Man Behind the Legend Fernard Robichaud wasn't just a crew member; he was a vital part of the expedition's success. His skills, courage, and camaraderie were instrumental in overcoming the numerous challenges the crew faced during their journey across the Pacific. A Personal Perspective Having Fernard Robichaud at the event offers attendees a unique, firsthand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Headline: Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the La Balsas Expedition Subheadline: A Day of Celebration and Learning Awaits as the Museum Honours a Historic Journey Ballina, NSW, Australia – 20 October 2023 The Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum is proud to announce a special event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the La Balsas Expedition. The event will take place on 28th November 2023, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the museum premises, 8 Regatta Avenue, in Ballina, NSW. Event Highlights Honoured Guest: Fernard Robichaud, one of the crew members will be here on the day. Meet

An Adventurous Pot of Cultures and Skills Under Spanish Leadership: Vital Alsar, was the Guiding Force Vital Alsar, a Spanish navigator and explorer, was the linchpin of the La Balsas Expedition. His leadership qualities were evident not just in his navigational skills but also in his ability to bring together a diverse group of individuals for a common cause. Alsar was no stranger to oceanic expeditions, having previously led "La Pacífica" in 1966. His experience and vision were instrumental in steering the La Balsas Expedition towards its historic success. Diverse Nationalities: A Global Crew The La Balsas Expedition was unique in its composition, featuring

50 Years of the La Balsas Expedition @ The Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum Imagine standing on the shores of Ballina, New South Wales, as the sun dips below the horizon. The salty air fills your lungs, and the rhythmic sound of waves crashing against the shore resonates in your ears. It's a tranquil scene, but 50 years ago, these very waters were the destination of an epic journey that defied all odds. A journey that spanned 14,000 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean, involved a crew of 12 men from seven different nationalities and was completed on three balsa-wood rafts. This is


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