On Friday, November 30th at noon, the picturesque Port-la-Foret in Martinique turned from a quaint Caribbean paradise into a place abuzz with sailing professionals and enthusiasts. It was the start of Retour à la Base, a solo race where the fleet of 30 IMOCA sailing boats was gathered to start the race across the Atlantic back to Lorient, the ‘Base’ of IMOCA sailing.
For GO CIRCULAR, it was a special day: it marked the first regatta for Nicolas Lunven at the helm of Holcim-PRB. Nico has great experience in solo racing and is known as one of the best navigators in the sailing world. It presents a great opportunity for him to measure himself against some of the fiercest competitors who he will face during the Vendée Globe. But his main priority is to get the boat back to France safely during this first solo race on an IMOCA racing boat.