Into the final hours

Technofirst Face Ocean, skipper Sebastien Destremau (FRA) Aerial illustration of start of the Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on November 6th, 2016 - Photo Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée GlobeTechnofirst Face Ocean, skipper Sebastien De

- Sébastien, when do you think you’ll be finishing on Friday?
“I’d like to arrive early or mid-afternoon to be able to make my way into the harbour before it is too late. I’d really be annoyed if I missed the tide tomorrow evening, but the timing is tight. We’ll see.”

- How do you feel at the moment?
“I am in great physical shape. I have lost a lot of the muscles in my legs. It’s incredible. The lack of food has weakened me considerably, but after one or two meals, it should be fine... But we’ll be pleased to finish and get some food we can chew and bite into rather than just swallow.”

- How will you be spending your final night at sea?
“Like last night. Remaining alert, watching out for fishing boats… I went by a lot of them last night. It’s impressive to speed along at 15-17 knots in the middle of a fleet of fishermen. The final night will be different with calms forecast just before finishing. It’s a bit frustrating, but we’ll have to make do with that.” 

- How do you imagine your entrance into the harbour in Les Sables?
“I haven’t thought about it. I loved reading about all the tulips for Pieter’s finish. I’m guessing there may be quite a few people to celebrate the end of the Vendée Globe. Who knows? They may all start singing our song or waving keys around, like the one I’ll be giving to the Race Director. I don’t know what it is going to be like. We’ll see. The only thing I’m looking forward to is hearing over the VHF the Race Directors announcing “the arrival of TechnoFirst-faceOcean .... Stand by ...... STOP.” Everything else will fall into place after the watch is stopped. We’ll be able to breathe and enjoy things.” 

- What would you like to tell the crowds who will be there in Port Olona?
“Looking forward to seeing as many people as possible to prolong this Vendée Globe, which we so enjoyed throughout the winter. Give me the chance to thank you one by one individually for all your support in this incredible event. Without you, the Vendée Globe would not exist. So thanks and see you tomorrow. There’s no one left after me. I’ll be closing the doors behind me for the next four years. So don’t miss this final opportunity.”

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