INTERVIEW – Currently second in the Vendée Globe standings, the Normand takes stock after fifty days at sea.
Second in the standings on Wednesday, the Normand spoke at length to the Figaroat the start of the week and took stock after fifty days at sea. All against the backdrop of a serious gale … “It’s hot”, he said, his ears on the alert and the phone in hand.
LE FIGARO. – How are you after fifty days at sea?
Charlie DALIN. – It’s okay like someone who’s in a big gust of wind. There is a nice swell and breaking waves that hit the boat on the side. I still have a little bit of strong windy weather like this. The good news is that Cape Horn is approaching.
Did you plan to meet in a duel with Yannick Bestaven near the Horn?
No, obviously, like everyone else, I was afraid of the latest generation prototypes (the boat of the leader Bestaven was designed for the Vendée Globe 2016, editor’s note). There was quite a bit of damage to these boats. And I wasn’t spared either. We had managed to take a break during the descent of the Atlantic but, with the high pressure
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