04 January 2013 - 20:37 • 2371 views



Tired, wet and cold.

Today, the 55th day of racing, each of the solo skippers face their challenges. For Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) sailing in a very unstable wind from 15 to 35 knots, he needed a large dose of some sacred energy to be constantly out on the deck and have the strength to simply change the sails.The skipper of SynerCiel, is expected to reach Cape Horn Sunday evening (5th place), and today on the Vendée Globe LIVE just seemed utterly exhausted.

The battle continues on for the group of 5 (Gamesa, Mirabaud, Acciona 100% EcoPowered, Cheminées Poujoulat and Akena Verandas) en route in a south-westerly wind of 30 knots and cross sea to the Pacific last door in a south-westerly wind of 30 knots and cross seas. Arnaud Boissières is suffering and having to operate in the briney cold and with hands coated with festering blisters.

Tanguy de Lamotte (Initiatives Cœur) is also experiencing difficult conditions onboard his boat who is being generously shaken towards the gate of the West Pacific. "The second cycle of the washing machine is on its way," wrote Tanguy today.

Bertrand De Broc (Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM) he will need patience to cross the anticyclone that blocks the passage on the same door. Today, it has not exceeded 9 knots.

It can be a tough life indeed alone on the ocean wave.

Clare Macnaughton