'FenêtréA Prysmian' - Reading Erwan Leroux's comments makes me respect offshore sailors even more. A special character , drive and personality are needed to endure Ocean cossings races. Multi 50 rankings here. Official report by Transat Jacques Vabre web:
Erwan Leroux (FRA) skipper FenêtréA Prysmian (Multi50): "Every win is different. This one has a special flavor especially with this boat. That's three wins on this boat. And with that come a lot of emotions. I have been thinking of Hubert Desjoyeaux who encouraged us to build the boat with Franck-Yves (Escoffier).
All of those memories come back now. And so I want to pay a tribute to them today. All of this today is thanks to them all. They built a great boat. I helped with the building of this boat also. It's really a great boat. The best tribute is to win races. I dedicate this victory to Hubert. He was a great man and a great boat builder. This finish is full of emotions. It was not easy. We we had tough times, the first 5-6 days ...
We lived on our stomachs and our wits. It was tricky. Life on board is complicated. The movements are brutal, you crash, just live in the foul weather gear. Even basic needs are difficult, taking a crazy energy. That first complicated week. The conditions were not necessarily super hard, but it was long. Five days in a washing machine it's hard.
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