Florence Herbulot, daughter of the designer of the Vaurien, Jean-Jaques Herbulot, died on May 26, 2013. She succumbed to severe health problems that worsened during the last weeks.The world of the Vaurien class is an orphan. This simple sentence perfectly reflects the feelings of the class. After the death of Jean-Jaques Herbulot and his wife Helen, Florence was the safe-keeper of the spirit of the Vaurien. She deliberately withdrew from influencing any technical developements of the class, but she would guarantee that the idea of simplicity, friendship and "sailing for everyone", which is the core of the Vaurien class, was kept alive.
Florence Herbulot will be sorely missed during the future meetings of the CIV, which traditionally were held in here spectacular apartment in Rue Andrieux in Paris. But wherever the next meetings will be, in our thoughts, Florence will always be with us.
An article about Florence Herbulot, published by Sail Magazine, is available on the website of the AS Vaurien France.