Another 2000 nautical miles !

Another 2000 nautical miles !

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Thursday May 9th, I took the start of the Bermudes 1000 race from Douarnenez onboard  4myplanet with 16 other IMOCA skippers.  

A beautiful start under the sun, with 10 knots blowing. I meet a few foilers and I feel confident.  

The Bermudes 1000 race is an ideal format to take on good solo sailing habits and routine again. Indeed, I hadn't sailed since the Saint Tropez 900 NM, which was quite short. I really wanted to do well in this race.

My objective, beyond the fact that I needed the nautical miles for my qualification for the VG2020, was to confirm the achievements of the Route du Rhum, and to finish with at least 3 competitors behind me. 

Objective fulfilled, despite a questionable first option to the west ! I attempted a trick and left west alone, ending up last, quite far from the others.  

 

I kept fighting and started to catch up when I overtook Denis, the Belgian skipper, rounding the first mark the Fastnet Rock. Then the wind slowly increased while heading for the Azores. My boat was going well, I was steadily catching up and thus overtook Pip and Ari. In front of me, Miranda Merron wasn't so far anymore.

 

On the way, some light wind periods did not enable me to catch up wiht her. I sailed with Miranda on the British Isles Tour when we broke the women team record with Sam Davies, Jeanne Grégoire and Sharon Ferris. I know she is an excellent sailor and I feel reassured as I can keep up with her.  

 

I crossed the finish line on Saturday, May 20th, after 9 days, 3 hours, 53 minutes and 24 seconds, finishing 144th . I was given an incredible welcome in Brest. My team was there, but also all the skippers finishign in front of me and the race organisation team. It was really moving.  

 

Here I am with another 2000 miles, to add to the ones from the first races of the IMOCA World Championship in 2018, the Monaco Globe Series and Route du Rhum. I thus keep my first place at the Worlds ranking with 3 other skippers  http://www.courseaularge.com/tableau-officiel-vendee-globe-20-skippers-course-aux-milles.html?fbclid=IwAR3wS5T-xJ6AiRxx0g_iCkcJsfNTHQhITgGtWBVK1uT2_T17TLWoOXdPBis .

 

Next race is now the la Transat Jacques Vabre. Till then, quite a few biking competitions and Laure Manaudou's SwimRun ahead to keep in shape!