Good evening everyone,

Since Friday, our date of arrival and the date of the terrible bombings in Paris, we didn’t want to hang out in Brasil. We have made every effort to return to France as soon as possible. It is not easy for any team to live such a drama far away from their country. We are thinking a lot about you there...

My boots have barely had time to dry before i set foot again on Stand as One for what I consider to be the most difficult adventure this year for me: I’ll be bringing the boat back to Europe alone. I'll start in fake solitary mode from Itajai to Recife as I will be accompanied by David Treguier. David’s mission is to do absolutely nothing, except being available if needed. Then, from Recife to Port-la-Forêt in Brittany, I'll be alone on board.
I confess, I don’t boast about it. The task is huge for me because I never really sailed alone before. Just a month and a half last year on Michel Desjoyeaux’s Figaro. The stake and boat size has nothing in comparison with today’s.

For this journey, unlike the Transat Jacques Vabre, I’ll be aiming, not for performance, but for the ability to recover and properly handle the boat. Sleep is a crucial point. These machines provide a lot of stress and I will have to get used to getting to sleep quickly. When you don’t get enough rest, you go faster in the red and create a vicious circle: poor choices, injury, fear and stress thus preventing you from sleeping! Today I have a hard time falling asleep because a thousand things are going through my mind and my senses remain awake to hear the reactions of the IMOCA. I envy Sam’s ability to always be able to be sleeping hard just a few seconds after saying "I'll go and rest my head."
Sam grew up on a boat; he’s a regular of Formula 1’s of the seas. I have things to learn and it is now that it is being played out. I'm working on it.
I'll tell you every step of the way about this experience, which is for me probably the greatest adventure of my life.

Speak tomorrow

Eric