Florence Arthaud (28 October 1957 â€“ 9 March 2015) was a French sailor from Boulogne-Billancourt.
She was the daughter of Jacques Arthaud, director of the Arthaud publishing house. At age 17, she was in a
serious car accident, which resulted in paralysis. She was hospitalized for 6months and her recovery took 2years.
She had a daughter with LoÃ¯c Lingois, a French professional sailor. In 1989, she recorded a song, "Flo",
with Pierre Bachelet about her sailing. In 1990, she won the Route du Rhum for Pierre 1er.
In 1997, she won the Transpacific with Bruno Peyron.She sailed in the 1989â€“90 Whitbread Round
the World Race on board Charles Jourdan.In 1990, Arthaud established a new world record for the
fastest solo crossing of the North Atlantic, beating the previous record by two days.In 2014, she took part
in Sea Shepherd's "GrindStop" campaign against pilot-whale whaling in the Faroe Islands