Getting back to 'normal' part 2, the internationals
It is more than two weeks now since Pip Hare finished her Vendee Globe and she is now back at home in Poole, England. Didac Costa has returned to work with the Fire Service in Barcelona and Kojiro Shiraishi has flown back to Japan where he has two weeks of quarantine to serve before he can rejoin his family, friends and sponsors. Meanwhile it is less than a week for Miranda Merron who is enjoying a gentle decompression in Les Sables d'Olonne not least waiting to welcome back Sam Davies on Friday
Gracious, serene and with a smile which lit up his Press Conference, here are some of the words from Japan's Kokiro Shiraish
What is the outstanding thing about this Vendée Globe, is it your memory of the Southern Ocean or repairing your mainsail, what is the main thing that stands out? “ The first thing is that I am really grateful to everyone who has followed me and enabled me to finish this Vendée Globe, there were a lot of new things during this race for me and the team. The first is I did this Vendee Globe with a new boat. And I had not talked about this before but one year before the start I had a big heart surgery. And there were other things but I never imagined my mainsail would tear as fast as it did during the race but with the good advice of my team over the period of a week I managed to find the time and the resources to repair my mainsail and go on to finish.”
Kojiro Shiraishi takes 16th in Vendee Globe, First Asian Skipper Ever To Finish The Race
Kojiro Shiraishi, the 53 year old Japanese solo skipper of DMG MORI, crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 10:52:58hrs UTC this Thursday 11th February to take 16th place in the Vendée Globe and in so doing become the first ever Asian skipper to complete the famous non stop solo race around the world. Shiraishi’s elapsed time for his race is 94d 21hrs 32mins and he finishes 14d 17hrs 48m 10s behind Yannick Bestaven and 2hrs 56mins behind Arnaud Boissieres.