But what about time? – News | The loner


A low, heavy sky with shades of gray in decline, a trickle of air that threatens to collapse at any moment over a smooth sea barely sprinkled with gusts, and a weather forecast read on VHF by the boats that accompany him leave more than one perplexed… This Wednesday afternoon, the stormy front, arbiter of this final return to Royan, has settled in the waters of the Cantabrian. The fleet is having a really bad time as they don’t quite know what weather sauce they will be eating on arrival. What do they and they say when there are less than 120 miles left to reach the Gironde estuary… © Alexis Courcoux Guillaume Pirouelle (Normandy Region): “As always in Audierne Bay, it was a bit of a fair . We were stuck in the bay all afternoon yesterday. This sent the entire fleet packing again. Since then we’ve made a lot of progress in light airs, it’s not easy. There is a stormy front blocking our way, it is not easy to see clearly. I’m trying to make progress towards the goal, but it’s not going very fast. I had managed to widen the gap a bit, but in Solitaire there are so many reversals of situations that a lot can still happen halfway through. He was pretty sure the fleet would regroup. Here’s to a new beginning! I’m still ahead and I’ll try to do the best I can with the conditions we’re in, even if it’s not easy to know what’s going to happen. You will have to keep calm. It’s starting to get tough. The night was long. I’m so tired, but you can’t let it go. Approximately 24 hours of the race remain. I slept a little on the bank near going up to Désormes, and then I did not leave the rudder all night into the wind. But like many, I really liked it on these edges. Yesterday, with the gentle wind, it became more difficult to sleep, it turns in all directions. I try to get closer, see what the fleet is doing. We just got the time, I’m watching everything. Today is quite proportioned! » Tom Laperche (Brittany Region – CMB Performance): «Yesterday afternoon, it was a bit of a new start at Audierne Bay. I had a good night; and then this morning it slowed me down a lot. The others spent a little. It will be like this for a while; the wind will be variable and very light for a few hours. We are very close to the axis of low pressure, and knowing when the wind will come in is not easy! I am calm, I put things in perspective, there are still many miles to go. I’m waiting for a slightly steadier wind to go in the right direction. I feel very fit, and that bodes well for being in the attack. When you look at the map, there are ships everywhere; and when you look outside, there are places where there is wind, and there are places where there is no wind. The sky is getting busy, expect storms in the next 24 hours, this story is far from over. You have to be careful how the clouds grow. So far, it’s a bit monotonous. We have stratus storms and not cumulus storms. Visibility can also give us clues, although it is never easy to predict storms and make the most of them. There are a few boats ahead, and others behind around me that I can see at 5/8 miles, still good visibility. I think it piles up a bit offshore, but that doesn’t worry me too much when the wind picks up. I wish I was more grounded, but I couldn’t go. Benoît Mariette (Senior Generation): “Everything is grey. Showers and showers are coming soon. We’re not really in a postcard environment. But I’m happy to be back in the small leading group, even though I don’t have a full view. We are not immune to some going right or left with clouds. It will be fair until the end. Today we are going to work. The day will be long. I’m not boiling over the whole ship at the moment, but it’s when we’re going to see people who were left far behind, coming back from places we didn’t expect, that it risks being a lot tougher. We had a weather report this morning, it was a big joke! I don’t know if others will be able to do something about it, but making a strategy based on stormy fronts and “things” with approximate positions seems complicated to me. I feel quite tired. I started well in the breeze; and that night I started imagining people on my boat. Everyone’s down, but I’ll still try to get some sleep today. Charlotte Yven (Team Vendée Formation-Botte Fondations): “I’ve been a bit tired since the start of the race, which wasn’t easy. The report is very detailed, but dealing with all this is not easy, so I make little diagrams on my map and try to imagine what it will look like. With the breeze, I struggled a bit and wasn’t very fast. But the calm has redistributed the cards and I find myself somewhat in the pack; and that is very good. I stay focused so that the boat goes well. The weather before we left was pretty reliable. We knew the conditions would be rather weak at the start and then strengthen and end up with something more and less shitty. Here we are! I’m starting to get used to the storms, I had them in the pre-season races. But I get the impression they will spend more on land, not sure they will affect us much beyond the sea. I am someone who rather knows how to take his problems with patience; and more in Solitaire, where anything can happen until the end. »
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