can almost feel dry land! Almost. Another hundred miles or so from
the point of passage to the south-east of Iceland, where all the
fleet will gather, as the race is neutralised until further notice.
This is due to extreme conditions for those who are at the back, with
winds reaching up to 60 knots. For us, it’s the sea that’s really
horrible: head-on, impossible to be anywhere else than in the watch
think that the first part of this race wasn’t easy for anyone; each
one of us had their share of difficulties. When the organisation gave
us the information about the pit stop, we were relieved for our
boats. It was like we were going to be butchered, with no way out.
And it’s already the case for some.
will be able to take shelter in a bay, on a mooring, and wait for the
harsh weather to calm down. Catching an anchorage singlehandedly is a
tricky manoeuvre on this type of boat. We’ll see what I prefer
between that and going round in circles at sea, rather than risk
a very strange feeling going through this gate, as if it was the end
of the race when it’s not! The route back is still long, but
stopping is a bit like having something taken away from us… We were
surprised, as was the race organisation. I can’t wait to be on
land, with my friends safe and sound, and find out more about the
rest of the race. The first part was tough, committed and hard. We’ll
see when we can go back to sea and do the second part!
Photo © Vincent Curutchet / Hublot