The adventure is not quite over yet. Bring back my MACSF safe harbor, in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), ensuring my safety aboard a boat whose keel swings continuously is not the only issue of these last fortnight. These also give me the opportunity to recover, integrate what has been experienced and take a step back from more than 60 days of competition.
As I unwind the story, I realize that it will not be easy for me to re-acclimatize to dry land. Find the crowd, the cries, the noise of machines, the smells of the city. It seems to me that I threw myself entirely in and melted into this tour of the world, in this constantly changing journey and this path to be cleared daily. Of course, it took me the first few weeks to make history and overcome my apprehensions. But then I saw myself immersed in a chain of emotions and actions like diving under a surging wave. Then, stick to this daily life made of loneliness, fears and incredible sights as if I had never done anything else. And, finally, always doubt, fear, hope, and wait.
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From the start, I had to compromise, choose caution sometimes and take risks at other times. Manage the frustration of being slowed down every day by a technical incident. Give up my expectations. Then, finally, find hope. Yes, I immersed myself in this adventure, forgetting everything that was not her and gaining more confidence in myself every day. And, if I did not win the Vendée Globe, I know that I have won matches in many ways.
The last step of this immense challenge will consist, as much for me as for the message delivered, in recognizing and valuing my race, without giving in to discouragement than I gave in to fear. Indeed, believing in yourself and being proud of the path accomplished, whatever it may be, seems essential to me in order to resist the spiral in which current events are pushing us.
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