Bombard, Alain

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Bombard, Alain Gender: M
Alain Louis Bombard
born on 27 October 1924 at 09:30 (= 09:30 AM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 03°41' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 21°34 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 05°44'


French biologist, physician and politician famous for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat.

On 19 October 1952 Bombard began his solitary trip across the Atlantic for the West Indies. He sailed in a Zodiac inflatable boat called l'Hérétique, which was only 4.5 metres (15 ft) long, taking only a sextant and almost no provisions. Bombard reports he survived by fishing (and using fish as source of both fresh water and food) with a self-made harpoon and hooks and harvesting the surface plankton with a small net. He also drank a limited amount of seawater for a long period on his trip. Bombard reached Barbados on 23 December 1952 after 4,400 km of travel. He had lost 25 kg and was briefly hospitalized. He published a book about his trip entitled "Naufragé Volontaire" in 1953.

Bombard died in the southern French town of Toulon on 19 July 2005 at age 80.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'navigateurs' pdf file, p. 5.


  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Politics : Other Politics
  • Vocation : Science : Biology
  • Vocation : Sports : Sailing/ Boating
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Vocation : Travel : Explorer
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Memoirist)