The Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d'Olonne ended Tuesday, July 14, with the victory of Jérémie Beyou (Charal) after 10 days, 5 hours, 14 minutes and eight seconds of racing. First post-Covid competitors, this occasion constituted, for skippers and their Imoca (60-foot monohulls, or 18.28 meters), a final "gallop" earlier than the Vendée Globe, the solo around the world race, which is able to happen in November.
Roland Jourdain, 56, two participations within the Vendée Globe and two victories on the Route du Rhum (within the Imoca class), “coach” of the Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi, who’s getting ready his second Vendée Globe, learns from this Arctic Vendée-Les Sables d 'Olonne.
How do you choose the efficiency of the Dalins, Beyou and Ruyant?
We knew that these three “giant calibers” have been prepared for departure. There are not any main surprises, when it comes to the confirmed boats, the technical groups, the bodily and psychological preparation of the skippers. This confirms the mastery of those groups and their skipper.
Have been you struck by the tempo of the primary? Ought to we anticipate the identical tempo on the Vendée Globe?
Probably not hit, as a result of this race happened over a distance roughly equal to that of a Route du Rhum. Or a really lengthy dash which has exhausted them. The format of the Vendée Globe can’t authorize such a fee for seventy days. That mentioned, it’s very seemingly that the tempo printed, no less than the primary week, is prone to be simply as intense.
This highlights the extent of excellence of the groups Charal, Apivia, LinkedOut. What’s most tough as we speak is to maintain up the pace by experiencing whole discomfort on board. On the Vendée Globe, it will likely be a query of residing with this motion of acceleration and deceleration of the machine, therefore a fully optimum bodily and psychological preparation.
Life aboard these foiled Imoca (facet appendages permitting to "fly" on water) comes all the way down to excellent administration of each element. Together with realizing for instance the place the loner may have put his pair of socks within the Nice South and when to place it on in order to not be thrown in opposition to a partition within the occasion of a "buffet cease". These are particulars that may make you smile however that are of basic significance in constructing efficiency.
Can the excessive speeds reached by the newest era Imoca change methods throughout a Vendée Globe?
Troublesome to say, however what is definite is that acceleration, related to a variety of angles, means that you can generally play pictures. However the huge query that arises is: methods to suppose calmly at excessive pace? The sooner it goes, the upper the danger of constructing a foolish choice. Added to that is fatigue, as a result of the tempo imposed by pace will boring vigilance. To not point out the seasickness that would plunge the solitary skipper right into a type of indecision, and lead her or him to an faulty evaluation.
What did you consider the so-called "outdated era" boats with foils?
I notice the superb races of Isabelle Joschke (MACSF). It marked the beginning of the race earlier than breaking its increase. It’s no shock to see Samantha Davies (Coronary heart Initiatives) at this stage, not more than Yannick Bestaven (Grasp-CoQ). As for Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Membership de Monaco) is affirmation of the wonderful work achieved on his boat.
Lastly, Kevin Escoffier (PRB) succeeded in pushing the highest trio to the restrict on a 2009 boat reworked right into a foiler, earlier than conceding floor following varied technical issues. I believe Kevin Escoffier, tremendous technician, will benefit from a building web site to strengthen PRB.
Can we are saying that the architectural doubts are eliminated?
For the foils there isn’t a longer any doubt: it’s such a progress in pace. Relating to the “groups” talked about above, this race has reassured them concerning the selections and general reliability.
However the brand new breakage of a foil on boardArkéa-Paprec, of Sébastien Simon, who couldn’t defend his probabilities in November 2019 on the Transat Jacques-Vabre for the same breakage, should put the skipper in a scenario of horrible stress. Is that this a foil design drawback? Of building ? Mentally, it's arduous to take.
At Armel Tripon, these are different issues. On board of L'Occitane, a “spherical nostril” boat, progressive, she had to surrender initially of the race because of the deterioration of the construction of the starboard bow space. It had been repaired urgently three weeks in the past after a collision at sea with an object.
I used to be nonetheless struck by the unimaginable stability of L'Occitane upon departure. Launched final yr, L'Occitane might have been among the many favorites, realizing the qualities of the skipper and the architect. The problem for Armel Tripon is immense to make an Imoca dependable in such a short while.
A phrase about your "pupil", Kojiro Shiraishi?
He had an amazing race contemplating the few navigations he has made and it’s reassuring for the beginning in November. However he was confronted with the entire catalog of annoyances that one encounters on a brand new boat. Kojiro Shiraishi has had nearly no power on board for the previous few days. He's worn out. He who by no means will get indignant was on the finish of his nerves …
Lastly, what synthesis ought to be drawn on Imoca with out foils?
It’s at all times tough to make a projection for the Vendée Globe on this “match within the match” of straight-fin boats, realizing that Jean Le Cam was not on the beginning line for this Vendée-Arctique-Les Sables d 'Olonne. That mentioned, notice the profitable races of Clarisse Crémer (Banque-Populaire) and Maxime Sorel (V and B-Mayenne). The latter didn’t let go. He was heading in the right direction.