#6 Summer reading. Around the world on a 6.50-meter boat. The Departure/3

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Screenshot 2016-08-02 at 7:00:01 p.m.It is 10h26’28” UTC on Oct. 26, 2009, and I have just embarked on a solo, nonstop, unassisted round-the-world voyage that involves leaving the three great capes, Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, to the left. My feet are not on a classic Vendée Globe boat of more than 18 feet, but on a three times smaller boat that in case of success will become the first under 30 feet and the smallest in the world, for as long as there is memory, to have completed the circumnavigation of the Earth and I will be its skipper. These are strange, profound moments. These are times when you think about everything and nothing. I am not tired but I know I need to rest, to relax. I also know that this will only be possible when I am at a safe distance of several miles from the coast. For the time being, no way. I engage the autopilot and replace the jib with a code zero. A blue fishing boat, enveloped by a multitude of birds in flight, parades on my left. Two speedboats follow me for a few minutes, then the last goodbyes before disappearing into the fog and finding myself alone.
Screenshot 2016-08-02 at 7:03:53 p.m.

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