Moved by her return to life on earth, Isabelle Joschke takes a few more days to look back and take a positive look at what she has accomplished and experienced. She even plans to return to sea to complete the last leg of this adventure.
It wasn’t the destination she dreamed of, but stepping into Toussaint Bay and meeting some of her team after more than ten weeks of separation touched Skipper MACSF.
“I was a little worried about the return to shore in absolute terms, but not too worried about the arrival itself. When I got back to the bay I realized that all this
ended when I tried to land again for the first time in almost 80 days. A large welcoming committee was waiting for me (three members of the technical team, the team leader Alain Gautier and the communications director
of the MACSF). I was very moved because it is also a haven that I love. Salvador is a place where I have a lot of strong memories: I saw the arrival of my first and my second Mini Transat and I returned for the Transat Jacques Vabre
Transat Jacques Vabre
. When I come here, I always feel like I’ve accomplished something. “”
As soon as they docked, the MACSF team entered the fight to begin inspecting the boat. The first to board, Alain Gautier, the team manager, even dived under the hull to examine the keel.
“Sunday, when the MACSF docked, we lowered the sails. Yesterday, Monday, everyone was on the bridge very early to start the diagnosis and assess what can and cannot be fixed. It will take a while. The boys have started taking parts apart and they will quickly contact local businesses to edit them so they can do the necessary work. Seeing my boat from afar creates a strange feeling. I was there two and a half months, it was my companion, my little cocoon in the middle of the oceans. I was happy to see him on Monday morning. I admit that I had a little trouble leaving him. “
What can a sailor dream of after 77 days at sea, weeks of hardship and daily life in an environment?
without comfort? For Isabelle Joschke, the first hours on land were greedy and easy.
“Before even setting foot on the ground, I was greeted with a huge basket of fresh exotic fruits (coconut, mango, orange juice…), which was greeted by a small local welcoming committee. I feasted on what I had dreamed of for several days. On the way back to the hotel, I took a shower and put on street clothes for the first time in weeks. Then we shared a good Brazilian meal with my team had a great evening, but the night was more difficult… I think I am programmed to sleep for an hour then wake up and so on, I have no more ‘habit of sleeping on a floor that does not move. I must be rocked! “.
The 15 days that followed the official announcement of her retirement served as a transition and allowed Isabelle Joschke, her head resting, to reflect on all that was happening in what Ven dée Globe had lived and achieved. His perception of events has changed …
“I wanted to take the time to look at my Vendée Globe from the outside. It’s never really easy because the race is so involved that we get stuck in it. I needed to rest, come to my senses and calm down to see everything that had happened. I think it’s not over yet and that this work will take time. It’s a great trip around the world. It is rich in discoveries, in learning and in emotion.
I learned to trust myself in delicate situations, to find solutions with the support of my team and to find the necessary resources to solve a problem… During the race I felt that I had less time to ricochet. If I had to sum up, I feel stronger. The disappointment is still a bit present. It hurts a bit to see this battle for victory from afar and to tell myself that I am not part of it. And at the same time I managed to move on because of my story
is beautiful. I’m happy to have a great team. We did a great project with our sponsor. I can’t see this with a face. I do not have the right ” .
Isabelle Joschke may not have quite finished her world tour. The sailor is ready to go back to sea to bring the MACSF back to Les Sables d’Olonne if repairs are possible.
Vendée Globe • TSE-4myplanet: Alexia Barrier: “This is my first Cape Horn, the end of the Indian, the Pacific. ”
Imoca Charal sailing team: Jérémie Beyou: “I had good conditions to cross the length of Cape Horn. “
Class40 Redman: Antoine Carpentier: “You have to spend time on the boat to see it wear out. “
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