What a balm for the soul of GUYOT environnement – Team Europe at the start of the second leg of The Ocean Race! Exactly to the second, the black yacht crossed the starting line, went in the light breeze in top position of the five Imocas on the 4600 nautical mile course from Cabo Verde to Cape Town/South Africa. After the European campaign had suffered many setbacks caused by some damages on the first leg and only reached the first stage town of Mindelo in fifth place, it now got off to a good start. The crew with skipper Robert Stanjek, navigator Sébastien Simon, pit Anne-Claire Le Berre, bowman Phillip Kasüske and onboard reporter Charles Drapeau are aware that this start has no significance whatsoever for the further course of the leg. But it was a moment to savour for the crew on board, the team ashore and the fans on the screens.
Over the next two weeks, many hurdles await on the way down the Atlantic. Through the trade winds, the Doldrums and past the St Helena High, the teams have to find the wind. And the weather forecast suggests plenty of excitement. “It looks like the wind will be unusually light during the leg. So it seems that it will be a bit slower and take longer than expected. Let’s see what it will bring. It’s a tough, long leg,” said Robert Stanjek, who took over as skipper of GUYOT environnement – Team Europe from Benjamin Dutreux for this leg as planned.
GUYOT environnement – Team Europe started the race with highest concentration. After the perfectly timed start, the manoeuvres at the two rounding marks in the inshore part of this stage also went smoothly. And Benjamin Dutreux sent emojis of enthusiasm from the observation position in the team chat on board to wish the crew good luck on the way to Cape Town.