Vendée Globe:Peak form on board Mirabaud

Friday, 28 December 2012

Weather forecast: South west 20 knots veering west 15 knots. Rough sea with a south westerly 4 metre swell.

On the menu: Porridge with strawberries, lamb stew, followed by chocolate mousse. Chicken and vegetables with noodles, followed by strawberry flavoured rice pudding.

Only 11,000 nm to go to the finish line! Since starting the race, Dominique has crossed the Atlantic from north to south, sailed the Indian Ocean from west to east and is now sailing the Pacific Ocean.

With 13,000 nm in his wake, Dominique has raced Mirabaud half way round the world already. Tired? Even remotely weary? Not a bit of it. “I am in perfect health,” he said. “Physically, I am in excellent condition and I am still benefiting from all the preparatory work that Michele and I and the team did before the start of the race.”

Dominique spent a lot of time pre-start on his physical training, and with the help of an osteopath, a big part was focused on flexibility, how he moves and developing techniques, many of which he uses daily onboard the boat.

“I do my exercises regularly, particularly the stretches for my neck and back. I try to do them daily from 10 to 45 minutes, but the reality of racing makes that tough to achieve. If I skip a day, I do try to catch up by doing two sets or even three the next day. It does me a lot of good. On the other hand, I don’t do any fitness training as there is enough of that with the trimming, and all the other day to day work on the boat.”

Not a moment of peace in the Pacific4 Dominique has left the Indian Ocean and is currently sailing the Pacific. “They are very different stretches of water and you can really feel the difference,” he said. “The Indian Ocean is much more grey in colour and the wind is very unsteady. The Pacific is easier, the wind is more stable and the conditions are less brutal. There are no islands in the South Pacific, which makes it the largest desert in the world. It is a very special place and I am delighted to be here. It is vast and empty, but you are never alone, constantly accompanied by the elements, the boat and nature.”

The fleet will descend to its most southerly point in the Pacific Ocean when it sails around Cape Horn at 56 degrees South.

Please note that the next Captain’s Log will be published on the 4 January. Dominique’s website and Facebook page will continue to be updated daily.

We wish you a very Happy New Year!

28/12/2012 - 09:00 GMT :

1 Banque Populaire - Armel Le Cléac'h 0.0 nm
2 MACIF - François Gabart 2.7 nm
3 Virbac Paprec 3 - Jean-Pierre Dick +430.7 nm
4 Hugo Boss - Alex Thomson +835.5 nm
5 Synerciel - Jean Le Cam +1851.3 nm
7 Mirabaud - Dominique Wavre +2292.3 nm

Bernard Schopfer

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Friday 28 December 2012

Ranking: 7th
DTL: +2292.3 nm
DTF: 11028.4 nm
Position: 53°1'42''S 175°45'24''O
Speed: 13.8 kts

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2012 )