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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. twice repetitive at the arrival ?

They are now sailing in the Pacific Ocean or at its doorstep and the moment when they cast off the moorings must seem a long time ago to them, so much has they experienced since then. 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 an opportunity to fill up on good waves and warmth. human before two months and more of loneliness. This year, health restrictions oblige, the procession to the starting line was done on the sly,

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