Satisfied, relieved, smiling, and, as always, ready to share his experiences, Armel Tripon arrived back in Les Sables d’Olonne today in 11th place. Highlights of his press conference:
“The breakage of the J3 held back my race a bit, but I managed to come back. I had to deal with a second problem after Cape Horn where I broke another hook so I no longer had the fractional headsail it was becoming problematic. But the goal at the start was to bring the boat back to the finish, to complete the round the world, and here we are it is done. This is a great reward for all participants and proves that the boat is great. I discovered what it’s like to be alone at sea and see nature in all its forms. Vendée Globe is very theoretical until you do it and experience it. Mentally I was very well prepared to deal with some very strong moments and to approach them in a very calm way. That certainly saved me. Otherwise, it would be much more painful. This competition must be celebrated every day. ”
Three main groups remain within the competition. Clarice Kremer is in 12th place on the NE of the Azores. Now side by side off the Canary Islands, Romain Attanasio, and Jérémie Beyou will first have to cross the Azores high before catching the westerlies that will push them to the finish next weekend. The next five skippers are expected to finish on February 10, 11, and 12, from 15th to 20th place: Arnaud Boissières, Alan Roura, Stéphane le Diraison, Kojiro Shiraïshi, Pip Hare, and Didac Costa. Then, around February 17-20, it will be the turn of Manu Cousin, Miranda Merron, and Clément Giraud. This trio are still in the trade winds of the South Atlantic, off the Horn of Brazil, in a rather nasty sea. In the next few days, they will cross the equator and the doldrums. It will be the end of the month, or even the beginning of March when Alexia Barrier and Ari Huusela should reach Les Sables d’Olonne. The Franco-Finnish duo preceded by Sam Davies, out of the race – are caught up in a chequerboard of high- and low-pressure areas off Argentina.
12. Clarisse Cremer – [ Banque Populaire X ] —> 566.7 nm from the finish
13. Jérémie Beyou – [ Charal ] —> 1536.77 nm from the finish
14. Romain Attanasio – [ PURE Best Western ] —> 1,537.02 nm from the finish
15. Arnaud Boissières – [ La Mie Câline – Artisans Artipôle ] —> 2,280.48 nm from the finish