BEHIND THE SCENES (4/6) – Ocean racing may be the most “Covid-compatible” discipline, but health restrictions deprived the Vendée Globe skippers of the magic of the start. Bis repetita at the arrival ?
They are now sailing in the Pacific Ocean or on its doorstep and the moment when they cast off the moorings must seem far away to them as they have lived on such adventures since. But the 33 skippers of the 9e edition of the Vendée Globe, six of which have already had to give up their arms, will never forget this start, unlike any other, on November 8 in Les Sables d’Olonne.
Whether you are a rookie or a repeat offender, the “goodbye” to earthlings before going to brave the oceans is never trivial. And the explosive cocktail of emotions tasted on the pontoons can crack the armor of the most marmoreal of sailors. As a reward after the pain – more or less strong – of the separation, the famous descent of the channel of the Vendée port, where tens of thousands of spectators usually crowd, is the opportunity to fill up on good waves and warmth. human before two months and more of loneliness. This year, health restrictions oblige, the procession towards the starting line was done on the sly,
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