Life in the cheap seats

Travelling through hell and high water… and that’s before you even get afloat. Mini Transat runner-up Jörg Riechers is operating at the ‘lower-profile’ end of singlehanded racing

am sitting in my apartment in the rainbeaten town of Caen and reading another announcement for the Vendée Globe. A 30-year-old with limited offshore experience getting a top-of-the-range Imoca 60. However, the sponsor said the selection was an easy one because the fortunate skipper comes from a well-known family, studied successfully at a super-expensive private school and while there also launched a technology start-

I am sitting in front of that announcement feeling like a dinosaur just after the impact of the comet that created the Gulf of Mexico and led to our extinction!

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