Offshore sailor and a reporter too

Dominique is currently still lying seventh in the Vendée Globe and is on schedule to cross the Equator tomorrow. The Doldrums are his next challenge, one of the last major obstacles of the race.

You might think that the offshore skippers racing the Vendée Globe have their hands full with sailing their boats, but in addition to that they have an obligation to share their adventure with the public through radio interviews with the race organisers and by sending photos and videos at regular intervals.

“It is an obligation, but I don’t see it as a chore,” said Dominique. “For me this is very much a part of what we do as sailors, it is part of our job. It is a privilege to be able to race this event and it is an honour to be able to share the adventure, our experiences and the things that we see with the public.”

On a few occasions during the race, the weather conditions have been such that Dominique has had to miss a couple of interviews, but this is the exception to the rule. He has also had a few issues sending photos and videos. “There are rules of course, but there are also the realities of yacht racing which have to take precedence over photos and phone calls. I think everyone understands that and if I missed an interview or sending photos, I rescheduled to make up for it. I really enjoy documenting the race through photos and video and find it quite easy to incorporate into my day-to-day routine. I hope people have enjoyed these, I imagine that they might find our stories quite removed from their own lives.”

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