Originally Posted by MrPelicano
For all that, he made it to Martinique in 19 days, beating the record of Alessandro Benedetto by 9 days. That's amazing, considering how totally whacky the tradewinds have been this year (listen to Craig Horsefield's interview over at the MT site where he talks about his frustration finding himself sailing upwind in the so-called trades).
I don't blame his partner for abandoning the voyage, but I suspect this will not slow down Bourgnon at all. He will be leaving for Panama shortly, to celebrate the holidays and New Year, before heading out across the Pacific, which hopefully will be more benign than the Atlantic has been. ...
On the ARC this year the first boat beat the race record. Yes the weather is crazy and the wind is not on it was supposed to be but there but there is wind.
Alessandro de Benedetto is today a great sailor and a professional one but back when he crossed the Atlantic in a cat he was more an adventurer than a top sailor.
What Bourgnon is trying to do is plain crazy but he is certainly a top sailor and with no comparison with Benedetto at the time he crossed the Atlantic. Just look at his curriculum as a sailor:
In 1995, he won the Mini-Fastnet, the « Transgascogne » and the la Mini-Transat. With his brother Laurent he won the 1997 la Transat Jacques Vabres and in 1999 he finishes 3rd after having to stop on the way for repairs.
and more this:
"In 2000, he became the record holder for the longest distance ever traveled with a crew on24 hours ( 625.34 miles ) on a 60 foot trimaran during the Transat Quebec - Saint Malo finishing 3rd.
Yvan Bourgnon sur le Trimaran Brossard por teamocean
In 2001, he became the record holder Challenge Detroit Channel crew in 2h 14mn and 55s.
In 2002 during the Route du Rhum , while capsized , Yvan stayed five days aboard refusing to abandon his capsized multihull.
This year he was won the Grand Prix de Grandson eand the Grand Prix the Versoix with a NacraF20carbon."
Yes, crazy, but a great sailor