The Blue Man
Who is this strange, rough-looking character in blue overalls, who wanders the deserted landscapes of an isolated island, cigarette in mouth, chasing sheep, hunting reindeer, going from mechanics to cooking, from farming to sailing, from biology to art with unrelenting energy?
On board of the Golden Fleece, a solid yacht with a steel hull, Jérôme Poncet (aka The Blue Man), a legendary French yachtsman has been sailing the fjords of the Falklands and the icebergs of the South for 40 years.
He has become a pioneer of polar exploration in a yacht and a major character of the Southern and Antarctic regions. When he isn’t taking scientists, artists (like Salgado) or extreme sportsmen and women on board, The Blue Man finds rest on Beaver Island, nestled at the end of a fjord in the Falklands where he and his family settled in the 1980s.
The Poncet family managed to buy Beaver Island directly from an Argentinian wool company, just before the Falklands government requisitioned all its land to sell off on its own terms. 3000 sheep were the price to pay for this acquisition. At the time, land wasn’t sold by hectare, but by the number of sheep that grazed on it. So Jérôme gained a farm and, never fearing new adventures, he took up sheep farming and wool production, with a success that annoyed the locals. Between two maritime expeditions, he expanded his knowledge in new areas, looking for a more self-sufficient and freer way of life, whose basis is to know how to do everything, and whose fuel is permanent curiosity. This wild island, where nature is master, is an endless place to experiment, as well as being a haven, conducive to contemplation and tranquility.