A solo round-the-world yacht race, with none stops or help: the stage is about for the Vendée Globe, an occasion that many sailors name “the Everest of the Seas”.
The race begins on Sunday, certain by vital restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing the skippers to finish eight days of strict quarantine earlier than the beginning of the journey.
Euronews had the chance to sail onboard one of many boats specifically designed for this distinctive occasion and discuss to the person on the helm, Armel Tripon, about this large problem.
Escaping the pandemic
It’s a dream of explicit significance on this ninth version, as it should begin with out an viewers and with out the standard festivities due to the COVID well being restrictions.
And it’s additionally an escape from actuality for thirty-three rivals who start their lonely journey from Sables d’Olonne, on the French Atlantic coast.
An ‘outsider’ amongst favourites
This can be the primary Vendée Globe for Armel however, with lengthy expertise on the seas, together with his victory on the “Route du Rhum” in 2018 within the Multi50 class, the French skipper is as a lot an outsider as a favorite.
“It’s true that ‘outsider’…suits me nicely, as a result of we’re like an ambush, now we have a challenge that began late, with a ship that took some time to optimise. However at current we’re prepared for the battle,” Armel maintained.
An extended battle in opposition to the weather
It’ll take greater than two months for the sailors to finish their tour all over the world.
However in just some hours crusing with Armel, we have skilled the way it feels to be on the mercy of the wind and sea, a small-scale demonstration of what lies forward for them on this immense problem. A momentary incursion into one of the crucial prestigious crusing occasions on the earth.