He had no more coffee on board and for some time he had been trying as best he could to tap into the tea that he had the energy to complete his round-the-world solo. But when Alan Roura arrived in Les Sables-d’Olonnes on Thursday, he wanted another drink: a good beer. With a steak, and fries. Small pleasures that he had given up for a few months by responding to the call of the sea …
Our interview at the start of the week:
Crossing the finish line at 8:29 p.m., the 27-year-old Genevan completed the Vendée Globe in 17th position, after 94 days and 6 hours of battling on the oceans. This is not the result he expected at the time of departure. Four years after finishing the race for the first time in 105 days, he cherished the dream of taming it in 25 fewer, as if to pay tribute to Jules Verne. But it did not come out of a miracle from La Fabrique, which suffered on the high seas. Alan Roura did everything he could to not give up. But reaching his goal quickly became impossible.
Leave one day
On the other hand, the sailor won the “sprint” which opposed him, during the last days of the race, to the Frenchman Stéphane Le Diraison (on Time For Oceans). After 95 days of racing, the two men made it home just two hours apart!
This is probably not the end of Alan Roura’s offshore adventures. Shortly after the arrival, his 8-month-old daughter in his arms, the Genevan was already talking about the possibility of leaving for a tour of the world. But if he could do it under slightly more pleasant conditions, he obviously wouldn’t say no.