As a professional skipper, Philippe Parent has spent a vast majority of his life exploring the oceans around the globe. Since his first experience when he was 15, he has sailed in various places, from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, both in 32-meter sailing boats and yachts.
Over the years, he became familiar with the beautiful region of Corsica, a French island situated in the southeast of France in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. In 2006, Parent decided to partner up with his shipowner friend Halim Mazouni, to share his love for catamaran and skipper travel in Corsica. “We are both passionate about the sea and catamarans, so we quickly came up with a way of using our passion to introduce high-end travel on the Mediterranean Sea to our guests,” he says. This is how Marine Vela was born.
After spending a lot of time at sea, Parent realized how fragile this environment is. For that reason, he decided to provide a luxurious, unforgettable cruise with impeccable and high-quality service while being deeply committed to preserving the environment and biodiversity of his beloved Mediterranean Sea. Thereby, he equipped each boat with solar panels so they could run solely on solar energy, reducing CO2 emissions significantly. Moreover, Parent and the other skippers on the team strive to sail in an eco-responsible manner, limit pollution and preserve all marine animals.
“We have spent countless hours sailing around beautiful places in the Mediterranean Sea. We know the coasts of Corsica, Sardinia and the French Riviera like the back of our hands. We are committed to sharing with our guests some of the most exceptional landscapes nature has to offer,” he explains.
On board, everything is made to provide French luxury at its finest during a few days of comfort and relaxation. The experienced crew that sails on these luxury sailing boats knows some of the most gorgeous places along the Mediterranean Sea, and they are not afraid to share them with the world while providing tailor-made services on board. Gourmet meals are prepared by renowned chefs daily and guests can spend their time on board enjoying nautical activities in crystal clear water, before ending the day with a well-deserved apéritif on deck.
Eternity, Liberté and Serenity— that is what Parent and his team decided to name the three different models of catamaran that are available for rental. In between excursions to dreamy white sand beaches or charming seaside towns as well as some cultural and historical sites, a day on a ship features water activities that include snorkeling, ball games and wakeboarding. They strive to offer outstanding experiences on luxury tailor-made catamaran tours around Corsica, the French Riviera and Sardinia.
The Isle of Beauty is Parent’s personal favorite spot to set sail. For him, it is most definitely a Bucket List-worthy place. Guests can explore North Corsica over four days, starting from the Petit Capo beach in Ajaccio, stopping at enchanting islands and villages and ending in South Sagone. The week-long journey around South Corsica starts in the port of Ajaccio and goes through numerous stops, including Bonifacio and Lavezzi islands.
In addition to touring the beautiful island of Corsica, Philippe Parent and his crew offer cruises to Sardinia in Italy and Monaco, a beautiful sovereign principality famous for its proximity to the French Riviera, breathtaking viewpoints, casinos, luxury shopping and magical sunsets.