Jean Le Cam, second round of the 2004 edition of the world alone and triple winner of Figaro recounts his Vendée Globe in a 2012 book on the weekly board . Behind by the two leaders, Fran?ois Gabart (Churchill) and Armel Le Cléac’h (People’s Bank), fifth in the twelve still racing monohulls Thursday, January 3, he tries to catch up with Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) . And rises against the disqualification Wednesday, January 2, Bernard Stamm, while dreaming of Cape Horn and the warmer waters of the Atlantic.
“The transition to the new year went well, even though there was nothing extraordinary. It was a normal day for the Vendée Globe in the middle of the Pacific. Champagne, I keep it for Cape Horn, I should achieve in five days. recent hours, weather conditions were bad. With 30 knots on average, it was about depression depression. To take must be well rested, even if c is sometimes hard psychologically. Here, it’s dark, you can not see the waves, then it is nickel. Sometimes it’s not bad to forget. Soon I’ll cross my last south gate, so I ‘m happy, quietly installed at my chart table with my crew, because outside it severe quail.
Once past Cape Horn, we will climb the Atlantic. The conditions will be more lenient. The weather system is not the same and sail at different paces. The more we ascend to the north, there will be more hot. Sands we see the sun …
A DECISION EXAGGERATED
On Wednesday, the jury of the Vendée Globe has decided to exclude the race our colleague Bertrand Stamm because he received help during a stopover in a Pacific island. I protested against this decision is absolutely exaggerated. As soon as I heard the news, I sent an email to the jury in protest, but I do not know if it will have a positive impact. I also responded to the antenna of two radios. It is a blow to Bernard, but it did not disturb my race more than that.
At the time I speak, I’m still fifth behind Alex Thomson (4th) and Jean-Pierre Dick (3rd). These two competitors then remain within reach even though I admit it will be difficult to get Dick. Fran?ois Gabart (1) and Armel Le Cléac’h (2nd) are untouchable. I’m 2000 miles from the leader … That I caught up, it would have happened to them a technical problem or they fall into a huge becalmed, that I do not want them. My goal in those conditions is to finish the race.
But what happens with the leading duo is pretty amazing. It’s simple, they are all alone in front. Even before the race, we knew it would be difficult. They have boats of last generation and they were able to make adjustments before us, so they know their craft. SynerCiel was delivered in the month of February, when we had less time for a good grip. However, we did not think they would come to us to 2000 miles in the teeth. An advance as comfortable in the history of the Vendée Globe, which is unheard of. Before the race, the teams have certainly pushed the boat very far, taking risks, and it pays. Not to mention one thing: the skippers had to send the steak … “…
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