“ The conditions have been cool and calm today, allowing me to make checks on the boat ahead of the depression that will tenderly kiss the fleet late tomorrow afternoon”
Thomas Coville, Sodebo
To explain the strategy we have used in this race, you should interview Florian Rousseau, the greatest track cyclist of all time. He could tell you about the advantage of moving towards the outside of the track to take advantage of a slope. For us in this case we move for a little more wind.
I thought of Rosseau this afternoon in the middle of the Atlantic and felt close to understanding this athlete who has given me so much in so few words.
For us the route is long, but ultimately what matters is the intensity and effort that you put into everything onboard that brings it all together.
Thibaut Vauchel-Camus, Solidaires en Peloton - ARSEP
I’m pretty satisfied with my position and my choice to stay north with the rest of the fleet, although in hindsight this decision could have been made earlier so that I had positioned myself more west.
The conditions have been cool and calm today, allowing me to make checks on the boat ahead of the depression that will tenderly kiss the fleet late tomorrow afternoon. But until then, there is a ridge to contend with, I hope it doesn’t take a liking to me!
Everything is great onboard, British Pilot whales have been playing games alongside the boat - the largest member of the dolphin family.
It’s the calm before the storm it seems.
Gilles Lamiré, French Tech Rennes St Malo
It’s going well, the boat and man are going well. As the wind begins to ease, we are still under gennaker, but this time with a large mainsail. The boat is going well, I still have 14 knots of wind and the sea begins to flatten. Soon we will see the start of the depression, but I should not suffer too much.
The first part of the race was pretty hard, especially at Cape Finisterre. I have not slept much since leaving, only last night to recharge the batteries. Before that I was only sleeping at small intervals as it was too hot. The first two days I hardly slept, only one to two hours in 24 hours.