Following the abandonment of teammate Vincent Beauvarlet, Yvan Bourgnon, who has not been able to walk away with his teammate at replacement, decided to continue the adventure alone. It therefore raced only Atlantic Storm, on Wednesday, November 20, on his catamaran sport of 6.20 meters long, without cockpit.
The skipper, who did not want to communicate for the first four days of navigation in order to ensure that this choice was good, has adapted very quickly to this new navigation, very demanding physically and morally.
The difficulties related to a solo sailing, Yvan Bourgnon on ingenuity and its capacity for anticipation of the manoeuvres at sea, confident even than "this new situation does not worry him in addition to measure".
Yvan Bourgnon has also extensive experience with sunbeds single-handed on the multihull 60 feet, always challenging tests for the skippers.
The nature of the challenge will remain unchanged: he will continue this around the world without GPS, without assistance, and receive weather on board, only helped a sextant.
In order to be able to continue the adventure in solitaire, Yvan Bourgnon took advantage of the stopover in the Canary Islands to install an autopilot, enabling it to take advantage of short phases of sleep (up to 10 minutes). Similarly, in the event of capsize, installed tilting mast just before departure may allow him to straighten his boat without any outside assistance.
Party of the Canaries 5 days ago, Yvan Bourgnon plans to arrive in Guadeloupe in about two weeks.
The first round of the world uninhabitable sailing.An extreme challenge around the globe of 50,000 miles with stops. A human and maritime adventure novel, the salt of courage, the instinct and the ongoing adaptation of the man with marine.
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This entry was posted in challenge 25 November 2013 .
Yvan is well on his way across the Atlantic. The tracker is now operational. Looks like he is actually making better time sans team mate Vincent Beauvarlet a more lightly loaded boat I guess. One of his days is nearly 200nm not too shabby at all.
Here is the rough bing translate make of it what you will :
Sailing. Around the world. Bourgnon touched death in crossing the Atlantic.
Yvan Bourgnon, launched in an unprecedented and perilous around the world in sport catamaran, arrived yesterday in Martinique after a harrowing crossing solo of the Atlantic from the Canary Islands.
Have navigation conditions been very harsh?
I've rarely drooled like that. It was a trick of psychopath. I had all kinds of time: trade winds, depressions, instead, storms... Over 60 knot winds! In a storm, I returned as a pancake and the boat towed me at the end of my line of life. I freaked out, I couldn't join the catamaran. I fought like crazy, like a fierce, and I still got to catch up, to straighten it out. After, I had three days to the nearest within five meters of hollow. I was shaking all over the place. And the return of the trade winds was not better: I had beans repeatedly, with 45 knots of wind.
Is what you expected it?
I was expecting something very difficult but not at this point. Take as much in the mouth, this is a trick of crazy! I only took advantage Monday, with beautiful slides. I lost weight 3-4 kg but I came to feed me with freeze-dried dishes. Apart from itching everywhere, I'm fine. Sleep, it was difficult. Never more than 10 minutes. The rest of the time, you cramponnes you as you can, because it kicking in every sense.
What do you regret to have continued solo after the withdrawal of your teammate Vincent Beauvarlet?
Non. It's so hard, it represents such physical and moral commitment that I understand that we won. Two, I to would have perhaps less drooled. What I do is not recommended for everyone. It is hyper-dangerous. I almost return me 150 times.
^^ Hows the stonework going Blackburn? From previous reports you were traversing your own personal en baver hope there is light at the end of the tunnel and no drooling .
The stonework is fortunately covered in snow a couple of days now!
So I'm awaiting spring with keen anticipation, of carving and hammering all the remaining slabs. I've never had tennis elbow before, but being a novice at stonework I hammered in such an imbecilic fashion, that my right arm became almost unable to so much as pick up a pencil.
But I've found communion with all my ancestors, who no doubt also hammered at stones, more expertly than I. They've told me in my dreams that the spirits in the stones have put a curse on my elbow, since I showed such disrespect in not handling them correctly.
And of course I should have made some token sacrifice, which it did not occur to me was necessary, idiot that I am.
Still, I think Bourgnon has more reason to complain.
As I have a rudimentary knowledge of French, English speaking readers may appreciate to read an article that I have posted about this amazing adventure. If so, you are invited to go to: www.smalltridesign.com and click on the blue panel that says
"Around the World in a BeachCat?"
Hope my trimaran followers will forgive me, but this cat story was too good to miss Please spread the word.
Here is the rough google translate I've marked a few words I'm not sure on with other possible translations.
"Coarse tonight. I capsized 22h UT and I left at 2am GMT.
The driss (halyard?) is stuck, I could not haul down the spinnaker, I capsized early grain, *** over head.
I had to slouch all the sails one by one when I was in the water, I struggled for 2 hours.
Then it still took me 2 hours to tilt the mast, install kit straightening and there I could recover with great difficulty because there was not enough wind to push the trampoline.
I am less afraid than last time, because I knew what to expect, and this time I did not lose the derivative(daggerboard?), but it was super tight, and very exhausting. Plus it was dark, there was no moon, and I did not have a lamp.
I lost a lot of things: the remote driver that caught fire, the stove, a winch handle, 1 VHF, and a lot of comfort coolers (clothing etc ...)
And I have no driver port.
I could get some rest tonight after all stored on the boat. It was in a state ...
The sun today and 15 knots downwind. I'm fit, and I redoubled caution ... "Yvan
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