One more month has flown by and October has arrived a little to soon for our taste! We have taken advantage of the last weeks at our base in Lorient to prepare the boat, test sail, and check the different systems over and over again. Sadly the Indian summer brought extended sunny summer days in Brittany but no wind! It is hard to prepare for the Southern Ocean gales when there’s only a ripple on the water but we ripped through the remaining items on our job list as we had lots of time at the dock!
Ideal conditions for the Défi Azimut
Last IMOCA gathering before the Vendée Globe, the Défi Azimut (weekend of races) gathered 17 boats out of the 29 that will be at the start. Most of the boats present were a lot newer than 100% Natural Energy but any occasion to set sails with other competitors is always valuable. Onboard for a night at sea, our favourite filmmaker Stan Thuret had dreamy conditions to make yet another great video (check it out just below if you haven’t already). Our supporters and partners crewed for the race around the island on Sunday, and enjoyed the blue skies and a finish in front of Bureau Vallee, a much newer racing yacht.
Welcome to the new guys!
Still looking for partners we are still delighted to count two new partners onboard this month: FUTURA is an online media specialising in innovation and discoveries in the fields of sciences, health, technologies, housing and the planets. They will follow Conrad’s race with a focus on the green technologies onboard. Joining us as well, the Backpacker’s Pantry company with their delicious and exotic dishes: Cuban Coconut Beans and Rice, Pad Thai, Katmandu Curry… they will allow us to bring some welcome diversity to our vegetarian’s plate during 90 days at sea!
11/ 12: Start of the delivery for les Sables d’Olonne
15: Race Village opens in Les Sables d’Olonne
20: Security check (all the mandatory security equipment is checked thoroughly)
25 - 28: Quick escape off the village for Conrad. First break this year!