Slowed down by difficult weather since the start of the round the world trip, some skippers will have to restrict themselves to strict management of their supplies to Les Sables d’Olonne. Until what point ?
They have all read or heard the epic tales of the Vendée Globe “hungry” people. Yves Parlier’s “feasts” of seaweed and flying fish in 2001 or the 8 kilos lost by Armel Le Cléac’h arrived 2e in Les Sables d’Olonne behind Michel Desjoyeaux in 2009, the pantry empty and the stomach atrophied, to the point of not being able to touch the mouthwatering welcome. Even if they are not there yet, the management of food at the end of their round the world trip could turn into a puzzle for some sailors.
«It was extraordinary !Armel Tripon remained in the dark for a long time after his first Cape Horn at the start of the week. Since then, the euphoria has subsided and the race for the top 10 has gained the upper hand for the Nantais (13e) whose brain is bubbling like never before. Because to the delicate calculations of trajectory in a tricky South Atlantic was added an unexpected problem for him: the economy of food. Between a generally very steep weather for this 9e edition of the Vendée Globe and technical problems which made him waste time in the first few days, the skipper of L’Occitane en Provence is behind schedule. The 80 days of food on board will probably not be enough until arrival. “It is very likely that he will miss some at the end. Armel has that in mind. Even if he is not depriving himself for the moment, it stresses him a little to know that he will have to ration himself», Explains one within his team.