Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires en Peloton ARSEP) has just won The Transat bakerly after 17 days, 12 hours and 42 minutes at sea. He had sailed a total distance of 3,804 nautical miles at an average speed of 9.04 knots.
Winner of the 2015 Class40 championship, 2nd of the 2014 Route du Rhum, Thibaut achieves his first major victory.
“It’s an amazing race – I don’t know why I said I’d do it,” Vauchel-Camus said with the Manhatten skyline behind him. “Sometimes I was asking myself ‘what am I doing here – this is crazy?’ But when you finish, all of the bad memories are just gone and you remember only the good moments – the time you spent with whales and dolphins, the good weather, the good wind and the finish line.”
“The race is also a kind of meeting with yourself,” he added. “Every day you face new weather, new challenges and a new problem on the boat and you have to try and find the motivation to keep going. Sometimes the race was very pleasurable, when the boat was going well – sometimes it was very challenging…and then you arrive in Manhatten and you see the amazing skyline and the Statue of Liberty and everything is good – I hope to visit the city tomorrow after my big night of sleep.”