Some news from Sébastien Simon (ARKEA PAPREC).
“Last night I was sea sick for the first time in my life and vomited, no doubt due to the stress. I am finding it hard to relax. The front stressed me out a bit and in the end it was quite strong, but the sea state was not too bad. After being ill I managed to get a bit of sleep and we are behind the front now. There is quite a lot of tidying up to do. The wind has changed and the boat has really accelerated now. When this is all outside, I will be able to get a bit more rest. I saw on the AIS that Ruyant is close and I am really happy to be close to these leading boats. I was trying to not push too hard through the front, but to find myself close to them is pretty nice. The boat is going well and apart from a bit of tidying up to do, all is going well. Over the next few hours it should calm down and a bit and I will have to change the sail, but am going to wait a bit to do that. It is risky to do it now as there are still a few squalls at the tail end of the front and there has been a small front that has gone through the leaders so am just going to wait a bit. Conditions are really quite “shit”. These are not at all the sort of conditions I had imagined. It is a bit soon to say that I am enjoying it. The start was incredible, we had amazing conditions and I did not even use my oil skins for the first night. I am just trying to sail well and not anything stupid. In a few days I am sure I will enjoy it more when conditions are better. I am a bit apprehensive about the next front that we are due to get on Friday. I have just had 40 knots head on, so I am a bit worried about what is coming next. It is not easy to trim the boat in these conditions."
Sébastien / ARKEA PAPREC