After a magnificent sun and a sea of oil in the afternoon, the small ship entered the port of Trébeurden around 7:00 p.m. in a thick heat haze.
His boat moored, Yann Quénet dismounted, barefoot, after a last navigation from the Azores which he had left on July 12.
Asked about the scope of his feat on a walnut shell, built in 400 hours, without an engine and without communication with the earth, he put the performance into perspective, explaining: “it was an old dream and i realized my dream“, before going to join his friends.
On her last miles, about twenty boats had escorted “Bundle“. Yann Quénet, bearded as usual, appeared smiling and relaxed. The torso emerging from the roof of his boat progressing at “about three miles” towards the port, the sailor responded with constant placidity to the demands of the photographers as well as to the brief questions asked from a distance by the journalists on board other ships.
“A bit sad“to see this world tour come to an end but”happy at the same time“of this return among his own, he conceded to AFP. “We are now going to start new projects“, he promised.
Leaving in the spring of 2019, the young fifty-year-old crossed the Atlantic, then the Pacific to the Marquesas Islands. After Tahiti and New Caledonia, the sailor had planned to stop in New Zealand and Australia but the pandemic decided otherwise: due to the closing of the borders, “Bundle” had to sail directly from Noumea to Reunion, 77 days at sea, skirting Australia from the north.
Challenge among the challenges in this long-distance crossing: food reserves and especially water. At each start, the cockpit was lined with cans of water in the middle of which Yann Quénet just found room to lie down. In the absence of a watermaker, “I rationed myself two liters of water a day“, he said during the trip.
Yann Quénet was to be visited on Wednesday by another great sailor, Olivier de Kersauson, whom he met during his stopover in Polynesia.
He must reach his home port, Saint-Brieuc, the real end of his world tour, on Saturday at the start of the afternoon.