Light winds, heavy cassoulet
With the professionnal personnal trainer Karen Marshall on board, the mornings are never easy for Esprit de Corps IV’s crew members. The night shift doesn’t end until each person on board has completed a 20 minutes routine of push-ups and squats, that only the helmsman is allowed to skip. An early exercice session that was fully justified on this third race day, after skipper Gilles Barbot tried to please his troups by serving cassoulet, a typically french meal. The rich beans mixture, baked in duck grease and sausages, was good for the skippers moral, after a deceiving afternoon highlighted by generally weak winds. With it famous spinnaker Tour du Monde hoisted, the Volvo Ocean Racer was finally picking up speed by the end of the day, hitting 12 to 13 knots peaks. But the crew member Marshall will not forget the heavy meal of the evening in the preparation of tomorrow’s workout. Eating french gastronomy in the middle of the ocean has a high price tag...
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