Health and a good physical condition in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe is essential.
That’s why the race doctor kept a close eye on them before the race and each day during the race can transmit prescriptions if and when needed
Race docteur Jean-Yves Chauve said: “They have a medical kit containing some one hundred products. They include emergency products – even cortisone which is normally a prohibited substance in sport but here it is to ensure survival so when they have to use it I will prescribe it for them and then inform the jury.”
Due to a lack of time or even motivation some skippers have not given a lot of time to physical training.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Skipper of Grey Power, said: “There wasn’t time for preparation. I was so busy making the boat ready, that was my preparation but its good physical work, it keeps your muscles in tone, it keeps you fit, when you go through this boat you become very supple.”
Some even use bikes to haul in the sails and keep in good physical condition.
Skipper Sprindrift 2 skipper Yann Guichard said: “I started to ride a bike. I installed one on the boat because the physical efforts are so great and it’s not enough to just use your arms. The bike is efficient, and I have worked out that I will ride between 600 and 1000 kilometres during the Route du Rhum.”
So far Loick Peyron remains in good health and out in front.
The French skipper of Maxi Solo Banque Populaire is currently in first place and as of Friday night had around 1200 nautical miles to go.