Published on 9 October 2021
Christiaan Durrant (1015 – Little Rippa), 13th production boat : “A memorable race”skipper
Christiaan Durrant was the 13th production boat skipper to cross the finish line of the first leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef this Saturday 9 October at 8H10'40"(UTC). In so doing, the skipper of Little Rippa took 11 days 18 hours 40 minutes and 40 seconds to complete the 1,350-mile course between Les Sables d’Olonne and Santa Cruz de La Palma.
“I feel really good, very happy. I think the moment I realised it was going to be a memorable race was when I learned that one of my fellow rivals had dismasted, another had run aground and yet another had been attacked by an orca. The write-up in the brochure said absolutely nothing about that! (Laughs) We were promised lovely sailing as far as the Canaries, then lovely sailing to Guadeloupe, but in the end it was completely crazy with some totally unpredictable things going down. I’ve never been so ill in my life. I was seasick for two days. I couldn’t even manage to drink. There were big cross seas, which were more complicated than I’d ever seen before. Very soon after that episode, there was the stopover to seek shelter from a second front rolling through. I think it was a good idea to put the race on hold at that point. It was clearly a wise decision. After that, the last part of the race was incredible. I hoisted the spinnaker and didn’t drop it again for seven days! I had an absolute ball! The only glitch was the electronics blackout I’ve been dealing with over the past 48 hours, as that deprived me of light, radio and all the rest. As a result, I felt a little lonely, not seeing or speaking to anyone, but it’s still been very interesting despite all that, though I suddenly feel pretty tired. It’s really been a fantastic leg. I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve made a lot of progress with my gybes in particular, which will come in very handy in the next leg!”