Many that follow this thread only have a first real contact with the Vendee Golde here and some have expressed some surprise by the hero status and popularity that those sail sailors have in France. Well, now things are a lot more technique, the boats are much better and safer but the legendary times are a fresh memory on all the French as on the ones that followed those editions.
Yves Parlier is the sailor that still holds the 15 year old record of the New York San Francisco passage and he made that on what would be now an old Open 60.
He is one of those French legends and I guess that hearing and seeing some histories you guys will understand why. First of all he is old, but not retired. Look at him with Alain Thébault establishing last year a record on the S. Francisco bay with an average of 37.5nm, waiting for a window for the an attempt to the Transpacific record. He is the navigator.
Going fast on a multihull is nothing new to him:
Have patient with this video. It is a German one at least at first but then Yves in bad English is going to tell an incredible story and believe me that is not the only incredible one he has
But the story that beats all the others was is performance on the 2001 Vendee Globe: Deep South at the longitude of New Zealand he lost the mast. Not a reason to give up, at least for him. He makeshifts a jury rig and continues. His provisions were not counting with the slower speed of the boat under jury rig and they finish. Not a reason to give up: he continues drinking rain water, fishing and eating algae. It is comprehensible that he was received as a hero