Dolan expects a penalty after using his engine to get away from the rocks in the tidal race at Alderney yesterday on Leg 3 of La Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro.
His emotional and raw interview as he came in to port says it all ...
“It was a bit of a mad one, an emotional roller coaster. I never had it like that. I had a really bad start and I was at the end of every one and it felt awful.”
“I was thinking “What am I doing here? What the hell am I doing here? “
“I managed to get lucky and skip past the whole fleet, but then ended up running aground at Alderney. Tanguy and I got sucked in to a sorta washing machine jacuzzi thing, with the tide pushing us back and the wind was pushing us forward. The two boats got kinda piled on top of a rock and it hit the keel about 20 times. I luckily managed to put the engine on and get out of there, but Tanguy didn’t manage to. It was mad, I never saw it before. The tide was pushing us back and the wind was pushing us forward, so there was a spiral that would push forward and back and the boat was going “boob, boob, boob” hopping off the ground.”
“So after that, the whole fleet managed to get through and I was last and ended up anchoring and was lucky I did well enough to anchor, because the ridge of high pressure moved north and the wind came in from the south and I managed it. The next morning I was in the top ten!!”
“Oh WOW, what a day!! I have never had so much of an emotional roller coaster in my life!! It was mad.”
“One to remember anyway!!!”
You can watch the race track HERE ... https://www.lasolitaire-urgo.com/en/cartographie
Flick forward to 3:13 for Tom Dolan's interview in english.
YOU TUBE LINK HERE ... https://youtu.be/GrpR5MqUlQM