sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Guillemot - Sardines and pate for Vendée Globe

Guillemot - Sardines and pate for Vendée Globe

'Saffran - Vendee Globe 2008-2009'    Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©

With the official opening of the Vendée Globe village by Philippe de Villiers at ten on Saturday, the Vendée Globe is well and truly in the starting blocks. All of the solo yachtsmen were present for the official photograph and the welcome briefing, while the crowds have turned up to discover the stands and educational displays around the pontoons.

Between today (Saturday 18th October) and the start on 9th November, hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected in the race village in Port Olona. On the 'Place du Vendée Globe', right next to the race pontoon, which is completely open to the public, the village simply had to reflect the exceptional character of this edition of the Vendée Globe. The village is spread over more than 15,000 m2 including a covered area of 9000 m2.

Guillemot - the sea bird

At the age of 49, the Breton has covered miles and miles on all the world´s oceans and on every type of sailing boat imaginable. With three weeks to go to the start of his first Vendée Globe, Marc Guillemot talks about his state of mind before the starting gun is fired and how he will feed himself for almost three months.

What was your state of mind, as you arrived in Les Sables d’Olonne, with three weeks to go before the start of the Vendée Globe?
'You get into it in stages. You set up the project, get it underway; you design the monohull, she takes shape; the boat is built, comes to life; she is launched and you go sailing… With each stage you find yourself more and more involved in the Vendée Globe, a long time before the start. Since the month of June, there´s not a single day, a single night when I haven´t been in the race. It´s fascinating, but rather worrying at the same time! I believe it´s the same for all the other solo yachtsmen: there is the deep fear of forgetting something you cannot do without for three months. It may even be something silly like a T-shirt, a spare part… It really takes over your mind! Now I´m in Les Sables d’Olonne, it´s a bit different: we know that we won´t be back here until February.'

What do you intend to do for three weeks?
'We need to be there for the public, for our friends, for the media, for the partners, but also for the checks, for the official receptions and to get into the atmosphere. Something struck me as I passed into the harbour on Friday evening: there were already a lot of spectators waiting! Even if it was light years away from what we can expect for the start and finish, it does give an impression of the power of this race… It´s as if we had already set sail.'

What are the jobs to be done by the members of the Safran shore team?
'Firstly, we need to rinse down the boat. Clean her up from top to bottom. Organise visits, which are of course, closely monitored. On Monday, we have all the spares to stow away, as you don´t realise it, but there are a lot of them! Then the food has to go aboard… In any case, even if the boat can set sail tomorrow, there is always something to do, final details to sort out… '

How much food are you in fact going to take on board and how much does it weigh? ,/i>
'150 kilos. That´s a bit more than some racers are taking on board, as they only use freeze-dried products. We´re talking about ready-prepared meals, because food is very important at sea and everything I eat must be good. Some fresh produce for the first days, with some apples from the local market in La Trinité/mer! Cheese, yoghurt, fruit… I´ve stopped taking oysters to sea: much too dangerous to open (Marc chopped through his finger on one delivery trip, editor) but I´ll have some the day before we leave! I´m counting on 85 days of sailing, but at least thirty days more, if there is serious damage. Then, each week, two tins of sardines and two tins of Hénaff paté! It´s a tradition in Brittany!'

How much water do you take on board?
'We all have desalination units, but I´m taking 50 litres of bottled water on board nevertheless. If I ever break down, that will offer me thirty to forty days of self-sufficiency. Then, I have a system to recuperate rainwater. I drink around three litres a day, less when it´s cold, more at the Equator… '

For a long time you raced multihulls. What difference is there now you are racing in a monohull?
'Before I had this boat designed for the Vendée Globe, I had multihulls on my mind all the time. I ate and slept trimarans. Now I only think of monohulls! I really enjoy myself on Safran: what do you look for when you sail and what did I find in multihulls? Fun, excitement, stress… And that is something I find on Imoca boats!'

http://www.vendeeglobe.org




by Event media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=49922

11:11 AM Sun 19 Oct 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

26 May 2009  Skippers attend an emotion packed Vendee Globe prizegiving
17 Mar 2009  Vendee Globe summary - Dismastings, rescues and battling on to the end
16 Mar 2009  Norbert Sedlacek completes the Vendee Globe and sets a new record
15 Mar 2009  Vendee Globe - Sedlacek due to finish
15 Mar 2009  Dinelli finishes Vendee Globe
14 Mar 2009  Dinelli and Sedlacek due to finish Vendee Globe this weekend
12 Mar 2009  Last two competitors in Vendee Globe due to finish this weekend
11 Mar 2009  Wilson only second American ever to finish Vendee Globe
10 Mar 2009  Rich Wilson set to finish Vendee Globe
10 Mar 2009  Rich Wilson nears Vendee Globe finish line
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

































































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,


ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners   
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT