Alan Roura (La Fabrique) was reached on the 8 am radio session this morning. He talks about the conditions he has been going through and on the stunning arrivals in Les Sables d'Olonne.
"It's been going a little bit better since yesterday so it's pretty cool. The conditions haven't been too much fun since yesterday because the sea head on so you get knocked about, it's not very pleasant, but we're heading in the right direction! I'm not doing too badly in terms of speed compared to the others so I'm happy. It's a good start to the climb up the North Atlantic for now.
There is still a long way to go, we have to do a big rounding of the Azores, it's going to be quite long, but we have wind all the way to the end so it’s good news. We should be there in ten days if everything goes well. The weather changes often so we won't open the champagne yet. We are getting closer to home every day so it's good for one’s morale. It's starting to get cooler and fresher; we feel that we'll soon be home.
I followed the leaders arriving, it's important to know where we are in the race. It's hard to accept that the race is over for some people and not for us. It has been a strange and beautiful end of the race all the same. It will not be forgotten. Very nice finish and it will continue because there are a lot of different groups in the race. For the organisers, it will be another sleepless night, but for us, it will be very intense. I think it's has been a wonderful Vendée Globe in terms of the arrivals.
Cali (Arnaud Boissières) has taken off, Kojiro (Shiraishi) is also starting to move fast, it's going to be hard to hold on, but we shouldn't be so far from each other, just a few hours apart. It's going to be nice. "
Alan Roura / La Fabrique