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IKIGAI : 生き甲斐  “what is worth living”.

  • Iki :  to live

  • Gai : reward

In Japan, this word used daily is meaningfull…
Akihiro Hasegawa,  Ikigai expert, defines ikigai as "a sense of being alive, here and now, and the personal awareness of what animates it".

AND for us ? IKIGAI is the name of our sailing vessel 
Ikigai is the achievement of two dreamers who are passionated by oceans.  We have been sailing together for more than 20 years... The dream became reality when life reminded us the importance to live fully here and now. We wanted to create an inspiring open space where we and our guests could share and regain energy while enjoying life !

IKIGAI was born !

We will sail through the Caribbean sea. Come on board, cast off, steer and sail the boat under the friendly supervision of the captain, live close of the ocean and let yourself discover a new perspective all while experiencing an exciting way of life...

An essential: respect for the environment

With a 180hp engine in the holds, it may seem surprising to talk about ecology, and yet...

Sails are our preferred means of propulsion, and the solar panels ensure the energy consumption on board. Hygienic and maintenance products are friendly for the marine environment and for us. We are consuming only local and seasonal products and seafood. Bread, buns, spreads are made on board... Ikigai is equipped with a watermaker which ensures our autonomy in water, including drinking water.

À Propos
Croisière - Coaching - Sailing - Bien-être - Wellness - Voile - Incentive
Croisière - Coaching - Sailing - Bien-être - Wellness - Voile - Incentive
Croisière - Coaching - Sailing - Bien-être - Wellness - Voile - Incentive
Croisière - Coaching - Sailing - Bien-être - Wellness - Voile - Incentive

The crew

Johnny - yacht master - Ikigai captain

His magical power : builder
His next challenge : sail to the Marquesas

He previously worked in 6 different jobs including electrician, IT technician, trainer or skipper. He rebuilt houses, the 44fts sloop we have sailed for 20 years. Multi-talented, he knows his ship like the back of his hand, having completely renovated it. With 25 years of experience at sea, he has clocked up more than 35,000 miles*, in the Mediterranean, during Atlantic crossings, in the Caribbean Sea.

Gwendoline  - coach - Ikigai mate

Her magical power : positive energy

Her next challenge : to live her ikigai

Nomad at heart, having grown up near the Channel, living on a sailboat has become obvious. She's been sailing as a mate for 22 years. Her Ikigai focuses on sharing what sea life is about and the powerfull feeling of freedom that comes along,... Her professional "raison d'être" is to accompany her clients towards a greater inner kindness and more freedom of choice....

Elouan  - student - Ikigai crew

His magical power : sense of humor

His next challenge : to handle his parents for the next 30 000 miles

He was 11 months when he learned to walk in the cockpit of our previous boat as we were sailing  the Canal du Midi. A talented draftsman and studious schoolboy, he developed a passion for mangas and reading novels during his first transatlantic at the age of 8. Today his favorite author is Bernard Weber.




days out of time to live the "extra ordinary"


With friends, family,

on your own  


A coastal cruise to cast off, and be on sea: sailing, swimming, anchoring in small bays, paddle, snorkeling, and even ayurvedic massages on demand.


Cruising and
personal development


 "there is no favorable wind for those who do not know where they are going."


Cruising and personal development  


A thematic cruise to cast off and set the course on you 

A five workshops path  to discover your ikigai, to develop a kind and authentic relationships with your emotions or to focus on your audacity...


Cruising and resilience

and resilience

embrace and overcome in a constructive way disease experience

Cruising and resilience



A cruise... to accompany your inner re-connection

A  working process for people who  have, had something to deal with cancer. The project : to work on your healing process in the spirit of Kintsugi





"After 2 complicated years in various respects  an urgent need to disconnect, to rejuvenate was essential. We were also looking for a future project to be able to introduce ourselves to pleasure sailing and the life that accompanies it.


With Gwen, Jo and Elouann we were delighted. They welcomed us on the Ikigai with kindness, listened to our wishes and never stopped accompanying us with a thousand and one attentions and exchanges.


Know-how, benevolence expertise and only superb sharing.


Gwen entertained us every day. Her background as a personal development coach was perfect, all in nuance and attentive with a good dose of good humor and crazy positive energy. Elouann expert in desserts  and budding artist.  And Jo, a teacher in spite of himself. Extra experienced, gentle benevolent generous and very very reassuring  


Crazy landscapes, a few turtles and a few dolphins.  


What to say...  Far from chartered tourism  in the privacy of this Boat we found more than we expected a unique experience and  of humanity as we would like it to be everywhere.  


Need a break, go for it." 

Annabelle & Thierry



contact us

Tel / WhatsApp : +33 6 25 94 97 00



We are in the caribbean sea between Martinique and Cuba, don't hesitate to join us

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