After getting off to a difficult start in the Vendée Globe, which forced Dídac Costa to turn around and return to dry land the very day it started to repair flood-damaged equipment, the Catalan sailor returned to the seas on 10 November at 12:40 pm. Little by little, he is gaining speed. He is sailing at an average of 13 knots, although he has reached peak speeds of 19, 20 and even 21 knots.
After leaving the coast of Portugal, Dídac battled strong winds on his way past the island of Madeira, which continued until he reached the Canary Islands, where they seemed to die down a bit. “I didn’t get much sleep last night, I’d forgotten how much noise these boats make when speedily gliding over the waves,” he admitted in his latest declarations.
Loneliness is beginning to set in after two weeks aboard the One Planet One Ocean, making the regatta even more difficult. “After an overdose of people the last weeks in Les Sables, being alone out on the ocean is quite shocking. It feels strange to sail without competitors around me, but that doesn’t make me any less motivated,” he says. Dídac Costa’s One Planet One Ocean is now in 25th place, 263 miles away from French Destremeau, his first goal.
In other news, Ben Hooper continues on his adventure to swim across the Atlantic Ocean after diving in on 13 November. Will our two ambassadors cross paths along the way?