Do not touch land, this is the principle that governs the profession of seafarer. Since arriving in Les Sables-d’Olonne on 11 February after 95 days of offshore racing in the Vendée Globe, Alan Roura has not had a minute to spare. The “media race”, as he calls it, began as soon as the continent was reached. A week after ascending the channel and mooring “La Fabrique”, the navigator has not yet been able to sleep in his bed. “You have to beat the iron while it is hot, in a few weeks, the Vendée Globe will no longer be of interest to anyone.”
Passing through Switzerland, seated facing Lake Geneva, accompanied by his wife and daughter, the Genevan looks back on his experience as a solitary navigator around Antarctica. He remembers having smelled the smell of industries on the coast before seeing the continent and has a strange feeling of arriving at Les Sables-d’Olonne, deserted by the public. The race is barely over when it is a thing of the past. It is already on the next one, in four years, that it is concentrating from now on.