'Every day is to be celebrated on the Vendee Globe' Armel Tripon
Satisfied, relieved, smiling and, as always, in touch with his emotions and ready to share his experiences, Armel Tripon arrived back in Les Sables d'Olonne today in 11th place. Here are the highlights of his press conference.
Armel Tripon (L'Occitane en Provence) finishes 11th in the Vendée Globe!
Emerging from a Biscay storm which he later described as the worst winds he had had to deal with throughout his entire race, Armel Tripon crossed the finish line of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe off Les Sables d'Olonne at 06:27:50hrs UTC this Monday 1dt February to take 11th place on the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe. His elapsed time is 84 days, 17 hours, 07 minutes and 50 seconds.
The first of the two depressions are sweeping over the Bay of Biscay passing to north of L'Occitane in Provence and so Armel Tripon slowed safely along the Iberian coast to avoid the winds of over 50 knots and rough seas. In these conditions, landing in Les Sables-d'Olonne is not easy, the continental shelf lifting the sea and transforming the formidable approach.
This morning, at Cape Finisterre, Tripon has winds of 33-35 knots with gusts of 38-40, not easy but manageable.
A’second depression is coming in to with very big seas ahead of it, arriving on the Vendée coast at the same time as Tripon so it will be a complicated finish.
At the Azores yesterday, Clarisse Crémer is keeping a very eastern route staying clear of the the monster Atlantic low. A long way from the IMOCA fleet where winds and currents meet there are waves of 10 to 20 metres.
The rest of the fleet is advancing in more typical high pressure conditions, or the trade winds which are not really established. And so progress is neither fast nor comfortable.
Armel Tripon who it seemed this morning was set to take his L’Occitaine to the north Spanish coast after a halyard lock hook failed and dropped his J3 to the deck suddenly causing some unspecified damage. He has resumed a southerly course on the scow bowed Sam Manuard design making 10 kts but dropped to 32nd 160 miles behind the leaders.
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