Actuary to Row across Atlantic and Boost Foundation

CIA member Jean-Guy Sauriol is now hard at work preparing for the latest and greatest of a series of adventures, rowing the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean. The launch is scheduled for late November to early December.

His 21-foot rowboat, Maple, was custom built in England and was completed in mid-July 2013. It is now in storage in England waiting for the big day. It looks nothing like the rowboats you might have played with up at the cottage: Maple is a high-tech, sleek vessel, containing two watertight cabins, safety and survival equipment sufficient for up to six months, a water-maker, solar panels, batteries and, last but not least, state of the art communications equipment. M. Sauriol will be alone at sea but not lonely, keeping in touch with his family, friends, and fans via phone calls, online blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

His adventure, named Maple Lys, is a tribute to both Canada and his French-Canadian heritage. If all goes well, he should reach his destination in late February or early March 2014.

At 60 years of age, M. Sauriol is no stranger to gruelling challenges. In the past, he completed the Montréal Marathon, the Hawaii Iron Man Triathlon, and the Yukon River Quest canoe-kayak race. This will be his biggest challenge yet! His boat may be completed, but he continues to work on his fitness training, which includes up to several hours a day in a rowing boat.

You are welcome to follow his adventure at his website,, where he will be posting periodic updates. M. Sauriol has offered to link his adventure with the Actuarial Foundation of Canada, and you can show your support by making a donation online at

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires