15 December 2012 - 14:32 • 2472 views



24 hours ago, Jean Le Cam sailed off the coast of Saint Paul Island and, in the Vendée Globe Live Web TV show, he told us about his ghost-like encounter with a strange ship. It is now Dominique Wavre's turn to share his story from an isolated area in the Indian Ocean, where there is very little traffic.

Cartes Dominique Wavre© Dominique Wavre / Mirabaud

The AIS alarm went off in the middle of the night, it was pitch dark outside, there was not a single star in sight so I immediately checked on the computer screen to see the route of that ship and of course, we were on a collision route! I just couldn’t believe it, how likely is it to have two boats on a collision course in the middle of the desert oceans?



Albatros Dominique Wavre© Dominique Wavre / MirabaudSo I slightly changed my route to avoid that ship my AIS listed as a cargo ship. Then came the usual VHF call to tell them about what I was doing and we sailed on each other’s port side. The conversation was quite surreal, he asked me where I was coming from and I answered « from les Sables d’Olonne ». Long silence on his part, then « What? ». When I heard that, I realised what I had just said. « I mean, from France! » and of course he understood much better. We didn’t talk much, only about where we were coming from and where we were headed. When I said I was coming from France and going back there, he didn’t make any specific comment.  He was coming from Mumbai and heading to Africa. With a really strong accent, he wished me « bon voyage » and I did the same, watching my unlikely comrade sail away and disappear from my screen. We each went back to our respective bubbles.

And here I am in another windless night, Mirabaud’s current speed is 3 knots and the ridge has clearly become our enemy over the past few days as it has attacked us once more. The good news is, it should disappear soon as a powerful depression is coming.