Published on 10 October 2021
Felip Moll Marquez (588 – Aleva), 55th production boat skipper: “I was attacked by orcas”
Felip Moll Marquez was the 55th production boat skipper to cross the finish line of the first leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef this Sunday 10 October at 13h08'32" (UTC). In so doing, the skipper of Aleva took 12 days 23 hours 38x minutes and 32 seconds to complete the 1,350-mile course between Les Sables d’Olonne and Santa Cruz de La Palma.
It was difficult, but I really loved this first leg. I’m very happy. I managed the start of the race well with the exception of one thing: I was attacked by orcas at night, just before the front. I think it was the second day out. They began to push my boat and play around with it. It was frightening! The front rolled in then, which I handled pretty well. We had 37 knots. It enabled me to escape and get away from the orcas. I didn’t notice any damage to my boat before the severe weather warning. However, my autopilot stopped working 500 miles after setting sail again after the stop. I think the orcas broke it when playing around with my rudder. I didn’t sleep for three days as I had to helm non-stop. It was a bit complicated. I don’t really know how I managed to deal with the lack of sleep. I brought the boat to a stop from time to time, but I did have a second autopilot. I tried to install it and in the end it worked! Overall, I’m not happy with my ranking, but I don’t care. What counts for me is what I learned during the race and the moments I enjoyed, as well as knowing that I’m capable of doing the second leg. That’s the most important thing!