Fabrice Amedeo In His Own Words

Celebration with Mumm champagne at pontoon during Finish arrival of Fabrice Amedeo (FRA), skipper Newrest Matmut, 11th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on February 18th, 2017 - Photo Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Fabrice Amedeo (FRA), skipper Newrest Matmut, 11ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 18 Février

" It is a great story. I made a good Vendée Globe in 104 days, it is long but to finish in a good place and to have had an incredible adventure. I learned a lot every day. Maybe not so much going down the Atlantic as I knew I bit, but from the Saint Helena high after three weeks I have had things to learn and do. It is incredible. I had to fix the mainsail, I had to climb the mast, it is a hard rhythm. In the south I was more and more into adventure mode. And what a feeling to pass Cape Horn, the modd to have got out of the southern oceans.  To climb back up the Atlantic with the light winds areas to negotiate, to have such a close race with Arnaud Boissières, it is amazing. And to be running out of food for the last 15 days has been hard. I was tired and had no energy but the spirit was there. That is the magic of the Vendée Globe."

" To finish on a beautiful Saturday morning, to come back in to this welcome in to the channel, it is amazing. What a reward.
The best memories will be my passage in the south which I did not know. In fact I was expected something more calm, thinking it would be like spending three days or more on the same tack with the long surfs of the Pacific but instead we had zones of calm which slowed us, very brutal transitions, the depressions were hard and active, the transitions were hard, to be having a front of 40-45kts and fifteen minutes earlier you were sitting in sunshine, or to be sailing at night in 15kts with so many stars overhead, that is what really impressed me. We don't have that at home.
I found time to communicate. I wrote a paper every week in Le Figaro. I told the stories for the followers on the internet writing and making videos. And I had a little dictaphone and made many many notes every day as I have so many incredible experiences so I want to put them into words.
I did not have many real moments of doubt. I tore my mainsail and lost 600 miles on the group of boats that I should have been at the front of. But I never thought of abandoning. I reached by objectives, all of them, and fulfilled my dream. I really profited from the finish line. I profited from the last few days. To have passed these difficulties, to have got through everything is big for me. I set my goals high and achieved them. Every day on the Vendée Globe you have to a bit more, I had some moments, so tough moments when I was down, but I never thought to stop. you push through, you always want to keep going, to make good decisions. It is hard. But I learned that."

" Arnaud Boissières is a good friend.  In fact we mostly did the round the world together. Down the Atlantic I got away with a bit more wind, he caught up, in the Pacific we were together. We spoke by mail."

" Two years ago I was in the Paris offices of Le Figaro in the Boulevard Hausman. Here now  I have completed the Vendée Globe round the world. I measure my race by how much I have improved, each day you have to improve on the Vendée Globe. I had ambitions higher than my technical skills were at, sometimes I had to raise the bar, I was sometimes really frustrated, but I told myself 'Fabrice sort it out, you could be in an office.'
On the future:
" I made two Route du Rhums  in Class 40. The first one was about discovery. The second one was competition.  I would like to do the same  with the Vendée Globe. So of course I will not go to win nect time because there will always be exceptional people in front of me, but why not be a good outsider?
I will stay at Les Sables until Wednesday. The girls will, on this occasion, miss a bit of school. But next Thursday morning I will take them to school, and I will treasure my luck. In the middle of the Indian Ocean I had doubts and I thought about them and was I doing the right thing. So I will be there to to my children to school. And will squeeze their hands very hard.

" I never thought of giving up. Once or twice I thought I had to be careful because the race got away from me a bit escaped me at the Kerguelen when the halyard got entangled in the mast, or when the  mainsail was torn."

" Basically DIY is not my strong point. I discovered myself. I discussed it with the technical team a few days ago. I had to change the mainsail cars for example. An hour and a half later  I called the team and told them it was done. Everyone was surprised, maybe me most of all!  This was a a real learning in this area. Every day I did things I thought were out of my reach. This is also the magic of Vendée, see what can be imposed in adversity.
But it is in the head, mentally, that the Vendée Globe is the hardest. When you're in the middle of the Pacific, 15,000 miles from the finish and for three days your are slowed in a high because you're blocked by the Antarctic Exclusion Zone you have to hold it together. You just cannot crack

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