Some news from Nicolas Troussel (CORUM L'Épargne).
"It's going well, we're going quite fast and reaching speeds of between 18 and 25 knots. We're getting ready for stronger winds so we'll have to reduce sail at some point. For the moment, we have 20/25 knots, the boat is going fast and the sea is not too rough, it's rather pleasant. I am sailing under code zero and one reef in the mainsail, with a J3 staysail. It is easy regulate the speed. As soon as you luff a little, it speeds up a lot. I've have been trimming a bit to reign the boat in.
About the start of his Vendée Globe:
"I'm happy with where I am but I'm having a few small issues on board. I'm in the process of solving them and I'll be happy when I do. I'll tell you what they are later... Apart from that, I feel good on the boat despite having to spend a bit more time tinkering than fine-tuning my navigation. But I'm comfortable and that's already very positive.
In my cockpit you feel safe and secure. I had a good nap which really helped me. I am doing things calmly. At the moment I'm on my beanbag with the chart table next to me and a winch within reach to trim. I've put a lot beanbags (padding) all over the boat so I don't get hurt if the boat shoots forward.
When I sleep, I am surrounded by beanbags in front and behind and wedged in. I have a good mattress underneath and I feel super comfortable like that. That's what it takes to be able to sleep on these boats!
With regards the depression: the routing is directing me to the place with the most wind! I'm going to gybe and move away a bit so I don't have to go through the worst of the wind".
Nicolas / CORUM L'Epargne