21 November 2020 - 12:48 • 3245 views



"Temperatures are starting to drop, humidity levels are lower, it's a bit more bearable at the moment. During the day, it's impossible to sleep inside the boat. I wait until 6pm to go there. I took a nap last night and now I'm having a cup of tea with chocolate Fingers biscuits. I'm going to look at the weather and download the 4 am rankings.

I've been in a fairly strong wind for over 24 hours, at around 70-80° angle. I have the impression that the friends in front are going a little faster. It's getting a bit monotonous, I'm not used to it. We're going to be on the same tack for several days, with not a lot of trimming, no sail changes. It's the first time I've ever been on the same tack for so long. The descent of the South Atlantic is going to be on the same angle, quite tight. It's not very fast for me. My boat isn't super powerful, these are clearly conditions for the foilers, but that's part of the game.

It is a real step to be racing on the Vendée Globe! I'm well aware of how long the race will last. For me, I love contact racing, I love manoeuvring, I almost love it when it's hard. This is not my favourite part of the Vendée Globe, it's a bit monotonous!”

On the topic of solitude
"I like to get news from the world, I exchange with lots of people, it allows my mind to thing of other things for a bit, to get my head out of the boat. I read news and short articles that have nothing to do with the race. I'm not a pure solo sailor. But I'm getting used to the rhythms that the boat imposes on me and I'm fine".

About food and hydration in these hot latitudes...
"I still have some bread from Les Sables d'Olonne! I eat seeds, a bit of charcuterie for protein and then a lot of compotes. As for water, it's complicated, I don't drink enough. It's also the first time I've ever run a race where I need a watermaker. I feel like I'm drinking less because the water isn't as good. I don't feel like drinking as much, I force myself to drink water that I don't like too much, about 2.5 to 3 litres a day”.