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"It's rather unusual to spend more than two days at sea after a race finishes," said a smiling Marc Guillemot, contacted a few hours after his arrival in Lorient. The skipper of Safran looked back at the 800-miles delivery trip, which was necessary after the Transat B to B race course was shortened: "I weathered out the storm and waited for heaviest weather associated with the storm Joachim to pass over before making my way back up to Brittany. Nevertheless, I did encounter some very wintery conditions, with winds averaging 40 knots and some very rough seas."

A useful experience
A rough delivery trip. "And a useful experience, as we look forward to the Vendée Globe," explained Marc, who was careful to ensure the safety of his boat. As a consequence, everything is fine aboard Safran, in spite of some electronic problems after some water got in. "300 miles from Lorient, my autopilot packed up. So I had to stay at the helm for the final 20 hours of sailing, which was very tiring." After a well deserved rest, Marc Guillemot will be heading back to la Trinité-sur-Mer early this week. He will be carrying out trials on Safran's new mast, before the winter refit begins in early January.

After completing a rather lively delivery trip, Marc Guillemot reached the port of Lorient on Saturday night (17th-18 th December), two and a half days after taking fifth place in the Transat B to B.