In front of a packed house, Pierre Frolla, nine-time apnoea World Champion (diving without oxygen bottles) recounted the long journey that took the child swimming in Larvotto to the adult diving in the world’s oceans to pin an Argos marker on the back of Great White Sharks.
Supported by images showing a ballet of sharks, in the middle of which his team seem as at ease as if they were exploring the Saint-Nicolas plateau in Monaco, Pierre Frolla attempted to convince the audience that these giant predators (the largest are more than 5 metres in length) are actually quite harmless. It was enough to stimulate the imaginations of the many children of Yacht Club members who will probably never put their heads under the water in the same way again!
Beforehand, Pierre Frolla, who is a member of the Yacht Club as his friend Daniel Elena, nine-time World Champion as Sébastien Loeb’s navigator on the rally circuit, also present, thanked the Club and its General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri for its sterling support throughout his career. The audience of course were there in droves, Bernard d’Alessandri having rightly and with humour pointed out that “for a small town like Monaco, it’s not bad having two champions of this stature”.
The success of these maritime conferences cannot be denied. Whatever the theme, more and more people – intergenerational, curious, attentive and fascinated – are attending. For the next one, the subject of which has been discussed at length during the closing day of Monaco Ocean Week, by the Sovereign Prince, they will no doubt once again be needing more chairs!
The next conference is on Wednesday 26th April at 6.30pm entitled “Green Edge: SOS banquise” (ice pack) to save life in the Arctic by Marcel Babin, Scientific Director of the Sentinel North Programme, founder and Director of the Takuvik Joint Laval University / CNRS Laboratory Programme.
Originally published at Yacht Club de Monaco