Published on 14 November 2021
Loïc Blin, 3rd prototype skipper in Saint-François : “Pleased to round off my campaign with this fine leg”
Loïc Blin (871) crossed the finish line of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef in 3rd place in the Production boat fleet this Sunday 14 November at 17h 06min 55s (UTC). In this way, the skipper of Technique voile - Les entrepreneurs du Golfe took 16 days 03 hours 06 minutes and 55 seconds 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 27 days 05 hours 49 minutes 43 seconds.
“I’m very happy to be here. I didn’t know quite what to expect in terms of a result. I only started listening to the rankings after a week. Prior to that, I refused to listen to the position report because I knew the southerly option would hurt, at least during the first week out. When I crossed paths with Jean (Cruse), Marine (Legrendre), Quentin (Riché) and a few others again, I understood that we weren’t too badly placed. At one point, I heard shouts in every direction on the VHF. I hadn’t listened to the ranking at that point, but I grasped the fact that it meant we were in the right group. However, I didn’t want to stay with them. I wanted to get back out in front. I put in another burst of southing. I think that was what enabled me to be third today. I’m very happy. I wanted to sail my own race. In terms of strategy, it was my belief that that was what I needed to do. I thought my route was nice and I don’t regret it. Initially, I didn’t imagine I’d make the podium at all. I was hoping for a top ten. I’m pleased to round off my campaign with this fine leg. This podium is my first in this campaign so it’s really fantastic. It’s all ended on a very positive note. There’s nothing trivial about sailing a transatlantic passage singlehanded. It does drag on. There are some nice moments too though. It’s a journey of personal discovery. It’s a cracking experience.”