After his repairs along the shores of Macquarie Island, Louis Burton was able to resume his route on an almost intact boat. The sailor from St. Malo did not think twice about going into a depression to try to get back to the leading group, even if it means strong upwind along the Ice Exclusion Zone, to claw back on the lead.
“I am. I'm upwind with over thirty knots, but the further south I go, the faster I am. It started right away with 25 knots and it has only got stronger: for the past two or three hours, it's been 32 knots! I'm sailing with two reefs in the mainsail and with the J3. I guess that around midnight French time, on Christmas Eve, I should get out of it... the wind should die down.
I'm very close to the IEZ, less than a mile away and it's not easy. I got a message from Benjamin Dutreux, which was nice. I hope I'm going to hold on to the leading group and be able to be back in the race with them. It looks like we are going to have a full-on Christmas but at least everything works on board. I can use my mainsail despite not being able fully tension it. It is just the angle of heel sensor doesn't work...".
Louis Burton / Bureau Vallée 2