Published on 9 October 2021
Piers Copham (719 – Voiles des Anges), 12th Prototype skipper : “50 knots is normal weather for Scotland”
Piers Copham was the 12th Prototype skipper to cross the finish line of the first leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef this Saturday 9 October at 10h36'14" (UTC). In so doing, the skipper of Voiles des Anges took 11 days 21 hours 6 minutes and 14 seconds to complete the 1,350-mile course between Les Sables d’Olonne and Santa Cruz de La Palma.
“It’s fair to say that I was the only one to face the worst of the wind head on in the second front, offshore of Cape Finisterre. I didn’t feel that overwhelmed by it, despite the 50 knots I had to contend with. At the end of the day, it was almost normal weather for Scotland! (Laughs) In any case, I never imagined that nearly the whole fleet would decide to seek shelter in various ports at that point. Personally, I trust my boat 100%. It’s the skipper that’s more likely to have a problem! Fortunately, it went okay. I slept for half the time. After that, I stayed in 5th place in the ranking for quite a while, but unfortunately it’s only a context like this that made that possible for me! (Laughs). I continued sailing slowly but surely. It’s true that conditions were heavy but I’m used to it where I live. I know that the important thing in conditions like that is to keep the bow pointing into the seas because it’s the waves that are more of a problem than the wind. Ultimately, I’m happy with my leg, even though I did a big broach before I crossed the finish line. Part of my rudder’s missing and my autopilot gave up the ghost. That was one last little incident to round off the leg in style!”