Life is not a long quiet river. Who better than navigator and writer Olivier de Kersauson to find out? The 78-year-old man, four world tours to his credit, set sail for Tahiti to drop anchor permanently, far from everything, even his family. At the dawn of his 80th birthday, the writer and adventurer is thirsty for tranquility, nature and a return to his roots. In Polynesia, Olivier de Kersauson nevertheless made a meeting that he no longer expected: that of Sandra, with whom he passed the milestone of marriage ten years ago.

If he is very attached to his big boat called Titaïna Explorer, Olivier de Kersauson also likes to be cradled in the arms of his sweet wife: “I found the right person at the right time, it humanizes” he confided to West France in January 2020. He no longer believed in it, however, because of his advanced age and his countless outings at sea. However, he had to face the facts: his physical health no longer allowed him to live as before. “I was a guy who boarded the boats and only took care of that. When I stopped ordering at 65, life changed. I no longer had the physical strength. To command, you have to be able to carry out the orders that you give, otherwise there is quickly posture“, he continued.

Ghosts are not accepted by society

By marrying Sandra, Olivier de Kersauson was not at his first attempt at marriage. Before meeting the one who will perhaps be the last woman in his life, the author fell madly in love with Caroline, with whom he married and had a son, Arthur, 42, married to Clotilde d’Urso and who made him grandfather. Despite a separation that has become evident over the years, the two exes never go through the divorce box (like Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc.) But in 2005, a decisive turning point put an end to this union. : the death of Caroline Piloquet-Verne.

If he has rebuilt his life and accepted the situation, Olivier de Kersauson has not forgotten anything about this marriage. With a child in common, he will never be able to forget what he experienced with Caroline. The latter is also not decided to leave him alone, which is not to displease Olivier de Kersauson, obviously: “I feel today that the death of people I love, and even others, has affected me more than I thought.” he explains to Paris Match, even going so far as to mention the ghost visit. “It’s not Cartesian, is it? However, in all societies, ghosts exist. It may not be an accident. There are plenty of people who tell you that they feel a presence. It’s hard to come to work late in the morning and say, ‘Excuse me, last night I had a discussion with two ghosts.’ It’s still a bit complicated.” Conversations whose content will remain secret.


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Deborah Acker

I write epic fantasy; self-published via KDP. Devoted dog mom to my 10 yr old GSD, Shadow! DM not a priority; slow response at best #amwriting #author.

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