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

 

Sail-World.com : Sodebo's 'Etch-A-Sketch' finish

Sodebo's 'Etch-A-Sketch' finish

'Sodebo'       Click Here to view large photo

Sodebo Update:

For Sodebo, It was a remarkable moment this evening in La Trinitésur Mer, SW Brittany.


The day was drawing to a close as the big trimaran’s starboard float, with the bow stripped back, slowly drew alongside the Quai des pêcheurs. 'When you see her here, you say to yourself that ultimately it’s a simple feat,' commented the sailor as he stood looking from the pontoon at 'this boat which was my companion for 60 days. You often transfer human qualities onto her but when you’re faraway, she is synonymous with your shelter, your survival, above all else.'

A few minutes earlier, the skipper had raised his head, looking at the crowds along the quay. With tears in his eyes, he exchanged glances with the anonymous faces, who had come to listen to what the sailor had to say on his return from a two month solo circumnavigation of the globe. He accepted the ritual champagne, even though he admitted that 'this is really something that is reserved for victories.'

The cork wouldn’t budge and ended up being cut with a knife; the same knife the skipper had with him aboard at all times. 'This is for those who attempt things… in life you have to attempt things guys!' he proclaimed to those who had gathered at sunset to see him in.

He sprayed the support team and took a mouthful before giving the bottle to the members of his team and to this Sodebo family which is there, always, loyal and moved. The sailor then takes the microphone: 'When we arrived off Ushant this morning, the timekeeper hadn’t even seen me. It was me that gave him the final time,' he began.

'On arriving at Trého earlier (the section that precedes the entrance to the channel into La Trinité), it was like an Etch-a-Sketch, you know, the kids’ toy where you can do some doodling and then erase the whole lot with a sweep of the stylus! It suddenly takes you right back to scratch.

Today, that Etch-a-Sketch is you! It’s also my wife, my kids, this Sodebo family, this business with whom we’ve built this adventure. There’s a major human element in all this. Even though I’m showing off in front of you, I’m a competitor at heart and this hurts'.

Then Tom starts out from the beginning again. He tells of Saint Helena and the moment when he considered returning home, then the beat up towards Kerguelen, saying that 'going there close-hauled is crazy'. Naturally he recalls the tack beneath the ice zone as being down to 'my pride… even if those routes are there, you shouldn’t take them.' The voices grow louder, haranguing the sailor, who in turn replies simply, straight out.

In what is now a dark night, the atmosphere is almost reminiscent of a comfortable living room where tales of the sea are told by the fireside. A voice asks, 'and the moment where you buried all three bows at Ushant?!' 'Ahhh, there, if you turn back at Ushant, you’re certainly going to look like an idiot!

But I also recall another moment of ‘free-styling’, where the boat reared up till she was completely bolt upright. I was standing on the winch pedestal and there, deep in the South Atlantic, if you turn back, you don’t looklike an idiot, you’re just in a very awkward situation.'

So, yes then, 'you have to accept the law of Mother Nature as the Anglo-Saxons say. She didn’t want to give me this record, but I’m here this evening so I reckon she’s been kind to let me return. She didn’t keep me.'

After struggling to better ‘the perfect course traced by Francis Joyon' for the third time, the skipper of Sodebo tonight paid homage to the sailor who remains the fastest man around the world, singlehanded aboard a sailboat. 'I haven’t beaten the record set by a very great gentleman! A sportsman’s main focus is to be an athlete, to respect your adversary and to respect this reference time, which was set by an exceptional man who goes by the name of Francis Joyon.

I think that perhaps I am one of the only people to respect his true value because I’ve played with him and against time. This guy, who slogged it out for years to attempt this record, I saw him here in La Trinité. The exceptional guys are those who are in the right place at the right time, and this gentleman performed a perfect circumnavigation of the globe. This evening, I’d like to pass on my hearty congratulations to Francis Joyon.'

He then turns to Alain Gautier, on the dock: 'Alain made me want to do this. Every time he climbs onto a boat, he beams from ear to ear and that’s lasted 30 years! He made me want to do this when he won the Vendée Globe on Bagage Superior (1992). It was the most fabulous smile I’d ever seen. This guy with his arms raised heavenwards… I said to myself 'one day, I want to feel how that feels!'

Another voice shouts out 'Next time Tom!' The sailor replies that 'it would be arrogant to look at you here and tell you that I’ll make another attempt at it. Today, it’s such a commitment that I can’t answer you now.'

Find all the latest about the maxi-trimaran Sodebo on the website www.sodebo-voile.com




by Corine Renié-Péretié

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=81943

1:55 AM Fri 1 Apr 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World



The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI














Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay






J/111 North American Championship - Wind Czar victorious
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   


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