I watched almost all of it.
Once she crosses the virtual finish line, will she hand over the boat for someone else to park while she heads for hospital or will she consider it a matter of honour to park it herself?Alexia Barrier said she wanted to limit the number of tacks to limit the pain she is in. This is her second today. She has just over 9 kts in 2 m waves and has around 220 nm to go. She could arrive late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Teams normally take over and deal with the sails and the passage up the channel. She is unlikely to be jumping around as she possibly would want to and might struggle with two flares rather than one. Alexia wants to hold the bottle of champagne if she can. Andi Robertson said they could help with that, so it may be a joint effort, at least part of the time. Once the quayside questions are over, I expect she will get assistance ashore. The press conference can wait unless Alexia decides to get it out of the way on Sunday afternoon.Once she crosses the virtual finish line, will she hand over the boat for someone else to park while she heads for hospital or will she consider it a matter of honour to park it herself?
The last miles can either come quickly or they can drag out. Anticipation vs frustration. At least he has things to do on the boat and of course there are still contacts via satellite and Whatsapp. I get the impression that the Azores was more than a strategic sail past but also some source of comfort ie land and humanity. If so he isn't the only one in this edition to feel that. There is no other competitor out there to study for verification of GRIB files he refers to, so that may affect his certainty of conditions and routing. There is nobody within easy sailing distance either - by which I mean other IMOCA yachts. Other boats is another matter. The following is from Vessel Finder. Ari's boat not shown but almost all of these vessels are enabled with GMDSS.I agree with his statement "I feel alone", it must feel weird to be the last boat out there so close but yet so far away from the finish.