Schooner Alliance – an exceptional sailboat
To embark on an old sailboat means to sail on an exceptional boat and get to know the bygone art of sailing. It is also a rare opportunity to discover the landscapes of the Mediterranean coast, the Calanques from Marseille to Cassis, the beauty of the Frioul Islands and the Bay of Marseille.
Alexis LEROY and Attilio SCHIEPPATI run the new company Voiles Tradition Marseille as skippers and ship-owners.
Our commitment aboard the Alliance and our passion for traditional sailing have driven us to maintain the quality of services Jacques Vidil began providing in 1984.
The Story of the “Alliance”
ECLERC DE HAUTECLOQUE is an ancient tuna boat traditionally built in oak at the Faou shipyard in the Bay of Brest in 1949, for Monsieur Garnier (whose family name was Leclerc de Hautecloque). Les Sables-d’Olonne was its home port.
In summertime, she fished for yellowfin tuna with trolling lines in the Azores, and in wintertime, she fished for flatfish, dragging.
Jacques Vidil bought the boat in Nantes in 1981 when he was 25 years old.
After three years of hard work, the first cruises began in July 1984.
June 86: First Mediterranean cruise for the Club Thalassa (FR3, former France 3 TV).
October 87: ALLIANCE won the Phocea Cup of Marseille in her category.
June 88: A filmmaker and a German crew of underwater explorers made a TV documentary film about Rommel’s treasure.
Mai 89: FR3 shot a long feature film “CONRAD” based on the life of Joseph Conrad.
July 90: A musical band came aboard the ALLIANCE, playing gigs in Toulon, Cogolin, Antibes and Cap D’ail for ARTS AU SOLEIL, a festival organized by the French Ministry of Culture.
September 94: ALLIANCE participated in the Nioulargue of Saint-Tropez.
September 95: ALLIANCE participated in the Régates Royales of Cannes.
July 96: Femme Actuelle organized a scientific expedition to study the cetaceans’ behavior aboard ALLIANCE.
January 98: Jacques Vidil registered at the trade register (with the trading name Goélette Alliance). Alliance’s website was linked to the city of Marseille’s.
January 2000: The company became a Joint Stock Company. Jacques Vidil & Associés was created for the outfitting, utilization, management and maintenance of merchant ships, specialized in traditional sailing cruises in the Mediterranean area between Marseille and Italy.
September 2000: The Marseille City Bar chartered the schooner for the Juris’Cup.
June 2002: German Television made a short feature film about The Count of Monte Cristo.
July 2007: French singer Henri Salvador recorded his last music video, titleed “Dans mon île.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDzz2KGuyH0
September 2008: The Juris’cup booked Alliance for its VIP’s.
June 2009: The schooner participated in the Voiles du Vieux-Port.
June 2011: The French corporation “Les Armateurs de France” booked Alliance.
September 2013: Intercontinental Hôtel Dieu booked Alliance for its VIPs.
Alexis Leroy was hired as a skipper aboard the Alliance.
March 2014: First careening at the shipyard of Corbières, Marseille.
September 2015: Attilio Schieppati began working as a skipper on Alliance.
June 2016: Alexis and Attilio began managing the boat independently.
January 2017 The new company Voiles Tradition Marseille was established.
June 2017: Alliance began offering individuals the opportunity to discover traditional sailing with its new program: Croisières à partager (“Shared cruises”).
January 2018: the schooner Alliance joined the French Flag (RIF) and received permission to offer cruises to the Italian Islands.