JOSETTE & JEAN-YVES CHEVALIER
- Husband and wife, ambassadors and creators of NV -
A Story of Two PeopleWhen the instructor met the trainee back in 1970 at sailing school...
Three years later, married they bought their first yacht, a ‘Corsaire’, a life full of the joys of sailing and escape.
Passionate about sailing, in 1977 they created a sail-making company ‘Normandie Voiles’ in Ouistreham, Normandy. Whenever they could, they enjoyed participating in regattas and spending time with their two daughters.
Ten years later, ‘Normandie Voiles’ became NVequipment. They moved away from sail-making to focus on a new venture: ‘hoods and outdoor protection’. In 1990, the couple relocated to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie in the Vendée department, to move closer to the main shipyards.
The realities of entrepreneurship left them with little time for sailing. In 2000, Jean-Yves and Josette sold NVequipment to Pascal Cardi, and their first decision was to buy a new boat, and set sail on the seas again.
This tight-knit couple relied on their shared skills and expertise, ensuring their career success and personal adventure which continues to this day.
Their journey, from regatta to cruising.
- The Couple’s Testimony -
“Together we raced sailing yachts for many years in the Channel. (Corsaire, Sangria GTE, Delph 28, Super Arlequin, Proto quarter)
Settling in the Vendée department and running the company, meant we had to take a 12-year ‘boat break’. After selling NV, we bought a First 42 S7, great for starting cruising. Instead of regattas, we started on “fast” cruises in the Mediterranean (mainly Greece and Turkey).
A style of sailing that we had to get used to (mooring, dock ends, etc.)
Next, we bought a Centurion 45 S for more comfort and let’s say it... for fun. We decided to sell the boat to embark on another form of travel, the motorhome.
But the call of the sea was too strong. In 2019, we bought an Océanis 45 and have been exploring the South and the Italian coast: Calvi, Santa Teresa de Liguire, Procide, Agropoli, etc.
Their Life at Sea
Used to regattas then cruising, the basic product remains the sprayhood for use in the Mediterranean.
The cover must be modular, shielding, stylish and seamlessly complement the look of the boat.
Using their protective cover:
In general, they do not sail with the hood... they want to see the sea, the sails and the sky. They use it in very specific cases.
> When it's hot,
They keep only the top, to have shade and at the same time, good ventilation through the front opening.
> When anchored or in port,
They add to the sun protection with a canvas that attaches at the back of the hood and stretches to the backstay. A type of sun awning under the boom...
> When there is light rain
They put up the windscreen (i.e. the front opening) to keep the inside of the companionway dry. And if the rain continues, they put the sides up for additional comfort and full protection.