The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Kidney Stories

Jean-Louis Clémendot

Mr. Clémendot has a mission: to demonstrate to other kidney patients that peritoneal dialysis (PD) has not taken away the freedom to sail. He hopes to be an inspiration to the 1,700,000 dialysis patients around the world and show that you can continue to live life to the fullest despite kidney disease.


A 59 year-old sailing enthusiast and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patient, Jean-Louis Clémendot left the island of Lanzarote in Spain on November 30, 2009 to sail solo across the Atlantic, heading for the Carribean island of Martinique.  He completed his journey in less than four weeks, as expected, arriving at his destination on December 24, 2009. 

After a well-deserved break to celebrate the holidays with his friends and family, Mr. Clémendot plans to complete his tour of the Atlantic ocean by sailing up the eastern coast of North America, until New York City, then back down to Gibraltar to cross the ocean once again, heading for Marseilles. 

You can follow the ongoing adventures of Jean-Louis Clémendot on his website: