Published on 15 November 2021
Christian Kargl, 20th Production boat in Saint-François : “I’m quite proud of myself”
Christian Kargl (980) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 20th place in the Production boat fleet this Monday 15 November at 08h 10min 00s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of All Hands on Deck took 16 days 18 hours and 10 minutes to complete the 2,700 miles of the course between Santa Cruz de La Palma and Saint-François. His combined race time for the two legs equates to 26 days 23 hours 58 minutes 30 seconds.
“Mentally it was very tough as I was no longer receiving any info from two days out. In fact, I lost my SSB so I wasn’t getting the weather or the position report. As such, I opted for a fairly conservative route and I’m quite proud of myself. I did everything on gut feeling and I haven’t come off too badly. I must admit that I really had to call myself into question. Mentally, it’s very complicated not knowing where the others are and not being able to locate where you are in relation to the fleet. However, I’ve really loved the experience and I’ve tried to make the most of it. There were some intense moments. Some were obviously harder than others. What I will remember are the last three days in their entirety where I didn’t have to put in a single manœuvre, just leaving the boat to slip along on her own almost. In the end I’ve secured 6th place. It’s my highest place in one of the circuit’s events and in a singlehanded race. It was a very tight match and I’m happy to have been in the thick of the action. I’m also happy to make the finish and get back to my family and to savour what is a very special moment.”