Alone at sea!
It’s been 24 hours since the 33 sailors competing in the Vendée Globe set sail on this singlehanded race around the world. Ahead of them lie 70 days at sea. Mid-morning this Monday, Giancarlo acknowledged that everything was going well aboard his boat. “I’m beginning to get my bearings and rediscover the delights of being at sea”. The Italian skipper had already negotiated the first weather system and was calmly making headway eastwards through a transition zone before hooking onto fresh breeze, which will finally enable him to set a course southwards. As such, the race ranking is not necessarily representative of the reality out on the playing field.
The Vendée Globe is not just a sport though, it is also a human adventure. “The start was an emotional moment, as I feel a deep sense of gratitude to all the people who have worked with me on this project and notably to my partners too. It’s a special moment, but I’m convinced that the return journey will be even more intense,” explained Giancarlo.