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Into the unknown

Published on 14/09/2021

Rain, thick clouds and a sudden spell of poor visibility ushers in the front passing the race are on the Celtic Sea. Ahead of the front the stage leader Xavier Macaire was sailing close-hauled under the black clouds, while Pierre Quiroga to just a handful of miles to his west had just set his spinnaker in the new north-westerly wind behind this front and in bright post frontal sunshine. Quiroga, the General Classification leader who has won the last two stages back to back, takes the lead, on his 29th birthday.

Pierre Quiroga (Skipper Macif 2019) : “Another birthday alone at sea. It goes Ok, well I suppose just like you’d expect for a sailor who is already tired after these three stages. After the Fastnet, we had southwesterly wind for quite a while, we made pretty good progress to get south, and this morning we had a lot of calm and transition zones, then the westerly to the right of the front. I’m trying to go south as much as possible. The sea is starting to come in quite a bit, a rather messy little 1.5m, it’s slamming! And I’ve just put up the spinnaker. While preparing her, the tack went into the water and a third of the spinnaker trawled in the water. I had to work it back up, a good little workout. I’d love to be able to explain what’s going to happen, but I don’t know. I’ll take it is at comes. I’ll take what I have right now and, after that, it’s not clear, there will be quite a bit of transition until Saint-Nazaire. I’m working on what I have right now. Since 5-6 miles after the Fastnet I have been on my own. I lost Xavier (Macaire) at the AIS. He’s gone well because I would have followed him. I lost him, I lost the others too. I got out the binoculars! This is the unknown! It’s not the time to take naps, with all these transitions. I dozed off this morning, but it will be hard now all the way to the finish. What can you offer me for my birthday? You know as well as I do, I’m sure! I’m going to try to hang in here meantimes.”

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