The MACSF skipper overtook the Nouch Sud buoy at the entrance to the Sables d’Olonne channel on Wednesday February 24 at 11.35 a.m. and 5 seconds, almost 108 days after the begin of the Vendée Globe. Unclassified since her retirement on January 9 off Argentina, she thus accomplished her sporting and human journey, carried by a file crowd below a spring solar. By managing to convey her boat again to secure harbor, after a technical stopover in Salvador de Bahia and regardless of an enormous despair at the entrance to the Bay of Biscay, Isabelle Joschke completes her world tour the place she could have “met the best and crossed the worst. “.
A glance again at the key episodes that marked his race
A really cautious begin which price him dearly
On the first day of racing, the MACSF skipper ranked twenty eighth out of 33 rivals. ” It didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I didn’t expect to have such a failed start to the race like this. It was hard to swallow. This second front off Portugal really scared me. But it was unthinkable that I would return to Les Sables. I was marked by my dropouts the two previous years. It is for this reason that I chose to tack and leave 200 miles behind the front of the fleet. In addition, the weather favored the former. Every day I was losing ground. I gave everything I could to get back into the game. At first it didn’t pay off. It started to pay off when I started to stop believing it “.
An ideal “extraordinary” South based on Jean Le Cam
twelfth throughout the passage of the Cape of Good Hope, her discovery of the seas of the nice South that she dreaded a lot is a masterstroke. Isabelle has discovered her rhythm, she sails cleanly and favors the seek for common velocity. His willpower and foresight do the relaxation. In the Indian Ocean then the Pacific Ocean, it’s steadily consuming into its backwardness and gaining floor on its adversaries. On December 28, three days after Christmas, she climbed to fifth place in the rating. Unfortunately the state of grace doesn’t final for the first feminine who has already had her share of troubles, notably with the loss of the aft balcony of her boat. The opposite occasions comply with each other.
At the starting of January, the finish of the dream
On January 3, two days earlier than the passage of the legendary Cape Horn, the rod of its keel cylinder gave approach, forcing it to put in, with the assist of its shore workforce, an emergency cylinder. On January 5, she handed the well-known rock in eleventh place in Dantesque situations. Four days later, whereas cruising off the coast of Argentina, she needed to make up her thoughts to surrender following the breakage of the false cylinder. She now not has complete management of her boat. It will take him two large weeks and quite a bit of fears to succeed in Salvador de Bahia and his bay of all saints the place his technical workforce awaits him. She left on February 5 and joined Samantha Davies, additionally out of the race, to finish her journey.
“I made mistakes but I gave myself completely”
Beyond her sporting efficiency which shocked the followers, Isabelle Joschke astonished by her potential to beat the trials which didn’t spare her.
” When things were not going well, I accepted these blows less well, it is important not to lie to each other. It helped me bounce back. Every step taken has been a victory. Every time I have succeeded in repairing damage, it has also been a victory. Each time I had the impression of leaving with a little more strength in me, of finding the energy to see the future differently. I made mistakes, it wasn’t all perfect, but I gave it my all. My race reflects what we’ve been through on the project for 4 years: there have been a lot of promises, buffet stops, times when I stumbled, when the project stumbled. But we left, we were able to get up. We met a great sponsor who gave us all his confidence. During the race I always knew that it could stop overnight. It was not at all linear but so rich in learning. Today I would not trade my place. “
(Source Macsf press launch)