Epilogue...

 

In the theatre, when the red curtain falls, you know the show is over. In a stadium, when the referee blows his whistle for the end of the match, the two teams know that the battle is over. At sea, the arrival of the frontrunners doesn't spare the rest of the fleet from completing the race, the end seeming to stretch further and further away.

 

 

They end up by admitting it. Between the upwind tacks, which slow their progress to the finish, the accumulation of fatigue and the sporting interest dropping off, the competitors in the ‘second division’ of the Transat B to B have had enough! All of them say it or the message filters through: it's time to finish.

So, when you are still at sea, you try to hold onto the positive things: the qualification in view of the next Vendée Globe, the fact that you have learnt so much about both the boat and yourself, the information you have gained for the winter work. At the radio session, you try to appear contented, as you want to respect the public who are following the race and reassure those dear to you who are waiting. But you can sense it: without a fight, the motivation wanes. You hesitate with changing a sail, which will enable you to gain a little speed, but at the cost of some additional fatigue. You spend more time down below than is reasonable when racing. You limit the tack changes. Subconsciously, you switch from competition mode to delivery mode: above all else it’s about bringing the boat home without breaking it, finishing the job off properly.

Likewise on shore, the tension drops. It’s hard to keep a whole team mobilized, the first few hours of managing the arrivals have passed. Little by little, the race leaves the spotlight, solely occupying the bottom of the columns in the daily papers and sailing websites. Only a few of the old faces continue to haunt the deserted press rooms. And yet, the same welcome must be preserved for one and all, from the front to the back of the fleet. The sporting exploit changes character gradually with each new arrival: the work carried out by Yannick to get his boat up to scratch with the others, Sam's good humour and her attachment to Godfrey the flying fish, the plumbing work of the imperturbable Cali in the face of adversity and the perseverance of Dee in extracting herself from the light headwinds, which have rendered the task even more complicated.

The Transat Ecover BtoB is coming to a close. The official prize-giving ceremony will take place on Wednesday night and it is only fair that we try to contact those still at sea (during a radio session tomorrow night) as well as all the protagonists who have already reached shore because every one of them has coloured this race in some way, each adding to the suspense and the panache of this Transat Ecover BtoB.

Translation KJ

 

 

 

 

 

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Last tango

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Hello sea, this is the shore, respond...

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Game over?

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Disengagement

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