Alan Roberts on the dock

Published on 08/09/2020

Alan Roberts (Seacat Services) had a better leg, climbing through the fleet after a modest start to finish in 12th place 1 minute and 47 seconds behind Tom Dolan. The British sailor moves up to 19th overall, one hour and 47 minutes behind La Solitaire leader Armel Le Cléac’h.

Were you happier with that leg Alan?
Yes, it was another close finish for everyone so it was good. I think the middle of the fleet, everyone from second to 30th has got to be within an hour and a half so it is still pretty close.

How do you feel the leg went?
It was good, I was happy. I made some good decisions and some less good decisions, luckily a good decision at the end that brought me back into it. Going downwind I was positioned right of the fleet which was the wrong decision and I managed to rectify it 15 miles from the final mark and hitched myself inside on the left and gained four miles.

You don’t seem to be able to get up into the fleet early on on these first two legs, is there anything in particular going wrong?
I don’t know. I’m not the quickest boat out there, some of them are really quick but I was alright at the first bit, I had a bad start but I pulled the stick and went north pretty quickly with Armel and Yann so I think I was maybe in the top 15 at Eddystone (13th ed note). So I was happy and then round Start point I did a really good job, I was probably in the top ten. Then I dropped out of it when I got on the wrong side of the fleet. Pointing at the mark you could see the mark in my eyes, it was shining but I neglected the breeze in the north.

So how do you feel overall then, at this stage?
Tired right now. Ready for three days of sleep, its awesome. We have got a massive stopover.

A longer stop by design though because you all need it before the next leg?
Apparently, but I feel good. I would have liked to be a little more in contention nearer the top but never say never. Leg three is going to be a lot of tidal gates and a lot can happen.


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