There was joy in the air on Sunday evening, November 10th when Clarisse Crémer and Armel Le Cléac'h docked their racing yacht in Salvador de Bahia, arriving 6th in the Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race. Below we offer a brief review of their race, which gave the duo an opportunity to demonstrate their tenacity and strong sense of tactics.
In 14 days, 8 hours, 46 minutes and 24 seconds at sea, Clarisse and Armel were major players in the transatlantic race, among the first three contenders during the first part of the race and then one of the front-runners until the finish, despite their old-generation non-foiler monohull (perfectly suited to the Vendée Globe in which Clarisse will be competing for the first time next year).
“It couldn't have gone better for a first transatlantic race! I've learned an incredible amount and I'm really happy. We were kept pretty busy during the race; we never let up! I think that's why we managed to be well placed at the end,” said a delighted Clarisse at the finish.
“We were the first non-foiler vessel to cross the finishing line, and we were the first mixed duo in the race: we achieved everything we set out to do! The main idea was to accompany Clarisse before she goes solo. She was able to get a feeling of the boat's potential. Clarisse is now qualified to set sail alone!” said Armel.
This Transat Jacques Vabre race was a fantastic opportunity for Clarisse to learn and hone her sailing skills, enabling her to use these two intense weeks in Armel’s company to gain valuable experience and familiarize herself with her boat. It was a fine adventure, characterized by the transmission of skills, cooperation and coaching: the first chapter of the venture – written by the two people on board – has come to an end. Now it's time for Clarisse to sail solo, with the aim of competing in the Vendée Globe next autumn. She will be sailing the yacht back to France from Brazil single-handed in a few days’ time.
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