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Eric Bellion will compete for the first time in the Route du Rhum in 2018

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For Eric Bellion, the Route du Rhum will be another leap into the unknown, as this will be his first attempt. “We always need to do things we haven’t done before. It’s in the unknown that we find out things about ourselves,” explained Eric Bellion, who sees himself as an adventurer rather than a racer. After the Vendée Globe marathon, Eric wants to seek out performance in this transatlantic sprint and that is for him a continuation of what he experienced in the Southern Ocean. ”You are in a state of grace, when you overcome all the difficulties. Not only are you fast, but you feel good. Sometimes people say you are in the zone”, he added. After a hesitant start to his race, he finally let himself go and did it his way basing his decisions on his instinct. This state of grace allowed him to show what he could do in the Indian Ocean and to sail in perfect harmony with his boat.

Training and racing on a Figaro

Facing this new challenge, Eric has come up with a solid training schedule with the help of Michel Desjoyeaux. Eric Bellion: “We talked things over with Michel to find the best way to advance quickly. We talked about adding foils, changing the daggerboards and we came to the conclusion that the best way was to improve the skipper! I shall be sailing a Figaro. That’s a small boat and it’s easy to spend a lot of time at sea, unlike the IMOCA. I’ll take part in races, as this is the best way to improve, even if I don’t do that well. I’m going to have to put my ego to one side, but this is a key step on the way to the Route du Rhum. I don’t want to turn up as a tourist. I’m going to do a lot of work at sea and on land, remain humble and take this race very seriously.”

Sharing the message about difference

As in his other adventures, there is the desire to share the message about the importance of difference. “I won’t take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre this year, as my main goal is to push ahead with this cause. There is an exhibition, a film, a book and the manifesto we are working on,” stressed Eric. The Route du Rhum, will be an excellent communications tool. “Since the finish of the Vendée Globe, I can see the excitement around the question of difference. The main thing for me is to continue the CommeUnSeulHomme adventure to spread the word and to go on the quest for performance.”

Source: CommeUnSeulHomme press service

 

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