Jorg and Seb, Renault Captur's duo unwind after finishing sixth!
The last hour of Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane's Barcelana World Race rather typified their whole race since having to pit stop into New Zealand. The odds were still stacked against the German-French duo who took sixth place today. They struggled and struggled in light winds, the heavens opened periodically - not enough to require foul weather gear, just enough to keep drenching them. The lightest of fickle breezes headed them again and again. The expression on their faces said it all: "Deliver us from this race. Soon!"
And as if to just play with their minds, no sooner had the finish gun gone, the first big smiles of relief broke out over their faces than the clouds rolled back and the sun shone on the Catalan capital.
Their humour returned with the first beer and sandwich. And by the time they reached the dock in front of the Christopher Columbus statue they were in bright spirits.
Theirs is a partnership which has endured the hardest of challenges, physically - a big, scary, windy Cape Horn with 75 kts gusts, when they closed the doors on the world, sat below and sailed 150 very difficult miles - and mentally, -knowing their race was over after their rudder broke which rendered the last third of their race an upwind delivery trip back to Barcelona.
ON THE BOAT AFTER THE FINISH LINE:
Jorg Riechers, Renault Captur
BWR: Tell us about your relationship with Seb, are you good friends – still?
BWR: And what have you learnt about yourself, for the future, for the Vendee Globe and racing solo?
What didn't break?
Broken Rudder? The facts......
Would you do it again, if the clock were turned back to the start and you knew the result you would get would be this one?
The south is different?
Best and worst attributes and worst attributes of each other.
Audigane: Good: Jorg is always very motivated. Sometimes too much. Bad: Sometimes he puts up too much sail, all the time."
Riechers: "The Med proved to be just like the whole of the climb up the Atlantic. Every time we got to a Cape or a milestone, a weather window closed on on us. When we got into the Mediterranean and it was upwind in 35-45kts. We said: (laughs) 'Thank you very much. This is really kind. This is what we want. Really Stormy Upwind Conditions for the last days. Then for a little bit of spice in the last two days....we have: No Wind. Three days upwind bashing our brains out in horrible conditions, and then two days with no wind. We were saying: ' We will never, ever, every arrive in Barcelona. So I don't know what we did wrong in our lives. A superior force just said: "The two guys...lets give them....110 days around the world...don't let them get home until they have eaten everything on the boat!!"