But what about the weather?  – News

But what about the weather? – News

But what about the weather?  – News

A low and heavy sky that declines shades of gray, a trickle of air that threatens to collapse at any moment on a smooth sea and barely strewn with gusts, and a weather forecast whose reading on the VHF by the boats at the followed by more than one perplexed … This Wednesday afternoon, the stormy front, referee of this end of the second leg towards Royan, settled on the waters of the Bay of Biscay. He’s giving the fleet a hard time, as they don’t really know what climate sauce they’ll be eating by the finish line. What they say when there are less than 120 miles to reach the Gironde estuary …

© Alexis Courcoux
© Alexis Courcoux

Guillaume Pirouelle (Normandy Region):

As always in Audierne Bay, it was a bit of a fair. We were stuck in the bay all afternoon yesterday. This repackaged the entire fleet. Since then, we have really made progress with light air, it is not easy. There is a stormy front blocking our way, it is not easy to see clearly. I’m trying to get to the door, but it’s not going very fast. I was able to widen the gap a little, but on the Solitaire there are many reversals of situations that in the middle, many things can still happen. I was pretty sure the fleet would reorganize. Here you go, new beginning! I am still ahead and I will try to give my best with the conditions we are encountering, even if it is not easy to know what will happen. You will have to stay calm. It is starting to get difficult. The night was long. I am very tired, but you cannot let yourself go. There are about 24 hours of racing left. I slept for a while on the edge near the climb at Désormes, and then I didn’t leave the helm all night downwind. But like many, I had a lot of fun on these edges. Yesterday, with the light wind, it became more difficult to sleep, it turns in all directions. I try to get closer, to see what the fleet is doing. We just had the time, I’m watching it all. Today it is quite supplied!

Tom Laperche (Region of Brittany – CMB Performance):

Yesterday afternoon was a bit of a fresh start in Audierne Bay, I had a good night; and then this morning it really slowed down for me. The others have passed a while. It will be like this for a while; the wind will be variable and very light for a few hours. We are very close to the low pressure axis and knowing when the wind will come is not easy! I stay calm, put things into perspective, there are still several kilometers to go. I’m waiting for a slightly more stable wind to go in the right direction. I feel quite fit, and this bodes well for being on the attack. When you look at the map, there are boats everywhere; and when you look out, there are places where there is wind, and others where there is not. The sky is getting hectic, we expect thunderstorms in the next 24 hours, this story is far from over. You have to be careful how the clouds grow. So far it’s a bit monotonous. We have thunderstorms of layers and not heaps. Visibility can also give us clues, although it is never easy to predict storms and make the most of them. There are some boats in front, and others behind around me that I can see at 5/8 miles, there is still good visibility. I think it’s crowded a little further offshore, but that doesn’t bother me too much when the wind picks up. I wish I was more down to earth, but I couldn’t go.

Benoît Mariette (senior generation):

It’s all gray. Soon there will be drizzle and showers. We are not really in a postcard setting. But I’m happy to be back in the small lead group, even if I don’t have a complete view at all. We are not immune to some going left or right with the clouds. It will be right until the end. Today we will work. The day will be long. For the moment I’m not gurgling all over the boat, but it’s when we go to see people who were far behind, returning from places we weren’t expecting, that it risks being much more difficult. We had a weather report this morning, it was a big joke! I don’t know if others will be able to do something about it, but making a strategy based on stormy fronts and “things” with approximate positions seems complicated to me. I feel pretty tired. I tore myself well in the breeze; and that night I started imagining the people on my boat. They all got off, but today I’ll try to get some sleep.

Charlotte Yven (Team Vendée Formation-Botte Fondations):

“I am a bit tired from the start of the race, it was not easy. The report is very detailed, but dealing with this is not easy, so I make little diagrams on my map and try to imagine what it will be like. With the breeze I struggled a bit and wasn’t very fast. But the calm has redistributed the cards and I find myself a bit in the deck; and it’s pretty cool. I remain focused on making the boat go well. The time before we left was pretty reliable. We knew the conditions would be pretty weak at first and then strengthen and end up with something more and less lousy. Here we are ! I’m starting to get used to thunderstorms, I had them in pre-season races. But I have the impression that they will spend more on land, I’m not sure we will be much affected further offshore. I am a person who knows how to face his troubles with patience; and even more so in Solitaire, where anything can happen until the end.

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