From the following press release (in French) on the Team Lalou website
and the rough bing translate below:
After 2 months of construction after its capsize on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2013, Lalou Roucayrol trimaran is finally back at home! Party in ferry Thursday, June 19 the Canary, the Arkema trimaran - France arrived at le Verdon sur Mer yesterday, Tuesday, after 4 and a half days of navigation. Accompanied by Etienne Cara (preparer rigger and coach), Lalou conducted 1500 miles this ferry in 'fake-solo' mode to resume its marks in solitaire; a nice way to prepare the major event of the season 2014: the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe.
Interview with Jane on his arrival at le Verdon sur Mer:
How have passed these few days of sailing?
"It was really great. I sign for tomorrow! First, we had unexpected conditions. We did a little closely at the time of the departure, but we quickly hit a South-South-West stream that has led us to the middle of the Bay of Biscay. It was really top to navigate under gennaker under these conditions, 22-28 knots with a perfect control of the machine. Then we had to go back more North to ride an anticyclonic bubble and we arrive after 4 and a half days. More than 400 nautical miles covered in 24 hours was 2 days... I am therefore delighted to return to navigation. »
Are satisfied you with the changes made to the trimaran?
"The entire platform is validated! Whether at the level of the rudders, sails or adjustments made on the deck, all the team did a great job and even more optimized boat! My feelings are quickly returned, and it is really nice to browse on it. We still have a small list of work that awaits us. »
What aspects do you particularly want to work on before the Route du Rhum?
"The grip of the trimaran and the first navigations made duplicate, in preparation for the Transat Jacques Vabre last year. I finally bit sailed solo on Arkema - Aquitaine Region. It was the objective of this ferry 'faux-solo' where I was the only manoeuvring full. Etienne was observed. We have thus identified several areas of work for my training solo: such as sleep or patterns of manoeuvres. We will promptly establish the planning of the next few months, to be the most efficient possible on the major event of the end of the year. »
Arkema - Aquitaine Region and its skipper trimaran are therefore well equipped to address this phase of pre-race.