A bit of over a month has handed since Charlie Dalin opened the Vendée Globe arrivals ball on January twenty seventh. At the finish of this loopy odyssey, the lifetime of a landowner regularly resumes its rights for this perfectionist sailor who has lived to the rhythm and tempo of his boat all through the 80 days of an intense race. Back on the ground, a protracted interval of bodily restoration begins in the perspective of the 2021 season which might be contested beneath the signal of double-handed crusing with the Transat Jacques Vabre and the said goal of getting the double on this competitors received in 2019. For the Imoca APIVIA, it’s also time for a well-deserved relaxation at the website the place Charlie and his staff are working to proceed to optimize it …
How is your return to land?
“I’m slowly however certainly beginning to get better effectively. I returned to a traditional sleep sample pretty rapidly. My nights usually are not disturbed and I don’t dream that I’m on the boat. The first few days, I clearly held on to the adrenaline rush of the end. I did not actually really feel the fatigue in the finish; which, on the different hand, fell on me fairly out of the blue per week after arrival. During the first few days, I had a jagged degree of power, with pumping strokes that got here with out warning. I’m again to the website once more the place APIVIA has been dwelling for about two weeks. I’m going there nearly on daily basis. Last week, I resumed bodily coaching a bit with the Pôle Finistère Course au Large. But I’m going slowly, I’m cautious not to enhance in depth an excessive amount of for the second. I additionally began to debrief on the completely different features of the race, particularly the technical half and sleep. During the first three weeks of the race, I wore a linked watch that was despatched to the sleep laboratory at the Hôtel Dieu in Paris, the place it’s being analyzed. I’m additionally awaiting the return of Doctor François Duforez on the phenomena that I’ve noticed, similar to throughout the phases of falling asleep. There stay the questions of the thoughts, which I’ve not but actually tackled, and that of vitamin. Earth life resumes its course. I get pleasure from plenty of small pleasures, similar to taking a sizzling bathe on daily basis or having a extra various weight-reduction plan with vegatables and fruits. And above all I spend time with my household to make up for my three months of absence. I have to admit that I didn’t see this primary month on land after arrival. And I have not taken any trip but, I’ll take a brief week very quickly… But it will likely be quick, as a result of I’m already on deck for the future! “
What does the Apivia website include?
“We first listed all the technical problems I had. We have of course studied very closely the issue of the foil hold to fully understand this damage which almost compromised my Vendée Globe. We are going to install it differently in the well, and we are going to increase its safety coefficients so as not to be confronted with this problem, which did not surprise us. The whole hull has been ultrasounded, no wolf was discovered, nothing major. We therefore do not have any major “repair” recordsdata to do at the structural degree, and that’s fairly excellent news. Five technicians are presently engaged on the full dismantling of APIVIA. Everything goes there: the fittings, the winches, the tilting keel system… All these components might be reviewed by their producers. Even the motor that’s used to enter and go away the harbor and which I take advantage of in the race to recharge the batteries on board is the topic of a radical and meticulous management. The foils and the keel are additionally inspected and overhauled earlier than being reassembled. The “job list” is lengthy. Beyond this main assessment, we are going to proceed to enhance APIVIA, to make it extra dependable and to optimize it to enhance efficiency. We might be making updates in any respect ranges in order to adapt it to the specs of this season, and to the manner we sail in double handed and on a transatlantic, which is a bit completely different from a spherical the world journey. alone. APIVIA is scheduled to be relaunched in May. The month of June might be reserved for a program of outings to sail lots of people. “
How are you approaching this 2021 season?
“The huge purpose of the yr is the Transat Jacques Vabre on which I’m placing my title on the line. This double-handed transatlantic leaving from Le Havre, the place I grew up, essentially has a particular taste for me. It additionally occupies a particular place for APIVIA, because it stays the first race contested aboard this boat, with a victory at the end. It is at the starting of the story and fairly symbolic. For this 2021 version, following on from this Vendée Globe, we anticipate to see a really excessive degree discipline assembled with good boats. It due to this fact guarantees to be very sporty, the time of an Atlantic dash lasting about two weeks, with the assure of getting to push the boats to their most potential. Before this deadline, we are going to compete – in doubles – two classics: the Fastnet race in August, and the Défi Azimut in September, in Lorient. ”
Do you already know a bit extra at present about what the Vendée Globe has introduced you?
” I said at the finish that this race had changed me, but I don’t yet know how. It’s still too close, you really have to wait for things to fall a little more to measure the way in which this round the world has impacted me. Finally in recent years, while I’m more of a Cartesian, I have relied a lot on my instinct in my way of sailing, and I think I have found the right balance today. After so much time spent at sea, after having lived through so many situations, I think I have unconsciously developed a more developed instinct. Before 2020, I had never done a single-handed race in an IMOCA, obviously my learning margin was very strong throughout this Vendée Globe. And today I’m really happy at the idea of going double (on the Transat Jacques Vabre), which remains an ideal format for making the boat progress at a faster pace than the solo. It’s interesting to change sails more regularly, to do more maneuvers; and above all to have the outside perspective of a co-skipper. I haven’t got back on the water yet, but I can’t wait! “
Source of Apivia Voile press launch.