17 February 2021 - 12:12 • 7121 views

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Manuel Cousin (Group SÉTIN) was on this morning radio session this morning. He told us about life on board, his repairs and his thoughts about finishing.

"I'm going to have a lot of things to do. I have one key gybe to do and to watch out for the TSS. It blew hard last night, but the wind was quite stable. I tried to rest on my boat, on my pilot and it was a good night. This morning there are still 30-35 knots and it should build again during the day. Everything has to hold out for another 24 hours, after that it will be a bit easier. I should arrive on Saturday morning at the latest, otherwise everything is fine on board, I have my fingers crossed!

Psychologically there is a bit of a maelstrom of mixed feelings in my head and the way I'm finishing up is difficult, I wish I could finish with some feelings of fun and enjoyment in my head. I took a lot of this kind of stuff but had some fun too in the Vendée Globe but time never seemed to drag like now.

Now I start to imagine my finish a bit but not too much either. All the sailors I know well who have finished are saying be careful until the line is crossed. You don't like to think of the worst, but I'm a pretty cautious person so I stay focused on what needs to be done, that keeps my mind quite busy. I take it one day at a time. Obviously I can't help but think about it a little. I still have my inflatable globe that I track my race on every week and which reminds me of how amazing the whole journey to get here was. You always expect a lot, that's the beauty of sport, but in reality it never turns out the way you really think it will be.

I do a lot of monitoring on the boat, especially on the rudders and more recently on my keel jack. I keep my fingers crossed because for now it's holding. I do a little more laminating again from time to time when I see that it requires consolidation. I listen to my boat, I know its noises very well because I know it well so with each noise I watch what happens. It’s a lot of stress. As Jean Le Cam said so well, I'm trying to help my boat get to the finish line.

I'm also adapting my settings a lot because I don’t want to heel too much otherwise it might strain the keel too much. It is holding on to the axis thanks to the repairs but I still have to be careful. All of this keeps me busy and the days go by very quickly.

I look forward to seeing everyone again to seeing my loved ones again and coming full circle in this Vendée Globe! "