The brightest evening of the country’s graduates ended, which the guys were looking forward to this year. So, as always, the Scarlet Sails Festival 2020 became a beautiful chord of the All-Russian holiday. This year it was both traditional and completely unusual at the same time. We tell you what the Scarlet Sails 2020 surprised.
The main innovation of this year is the change of locationPhoto: Oleg GOLD
Well, firstly, the main innovation is the change of location. For several years in a row, a snow-white brig passes through the water area Not you along the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and right under the Palace Bridge. This year, another, no less picturesque place was chosen, with very recognizable sights. Petersburg – stadium “Gazprom-Arena “, Lakhta-center and cable-stayed bridge ZSD.
Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country.Photo: Artem KILKIN
The second innovation: live Petersburgers and visitors could not see all this beauty. And all because this year there are special requirements: because of the pandemic, access to the park is closed, it was also impossible to see from the water, since part of the Neva and the Gulf of Finland were blocked. GIMS boats and various services went around the water area and made sure that no one violated the ban. Law enforcement officers were also on duty on land: if they met people in a territory where there should not be anyone, they politely asked to leave the place and go home.
Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast.Photo: Artem KILKIN
And at home, by the way, everyone would have considered it in the best possible way: there was a live broadcast of a concert and a pyrotechnic show on the Internet and on TV. By the way, on the screen you can see what on the shore would definitely not be accessible to the eye. And all because along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland there were several scenes at once and on each of them there was an action.
The main stage was next to the Gazprom Arena stadium, it was also very unusual – as if soaring in the air, and with it the stars acting on it. Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Александрова.
Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria AlexandrovaPhoto: Oleg GOLD
Timur Rodriguez, Vera performed their hits Brezhnev, RASA group, Dima Bilan and Surganova. And there were surprises in the form of a show of pirates and drummers, yes, it is worth noting separately what costumes the artists had – just space ones. Be sure to watch Bilan’s performance if you missed. And also a salute, well, the passage itself of a sailboat!
The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworksPhoto: Oleg GOLD
By the way, the pyrotechnic show lasted almost half an hour, hundreds of volleys were launched into the sky, the first cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was used. It was both a platform for light, and for launching a salute.
But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of FinlandPhoto: Oleg GOLD
And at the end of the extravaganza, the romantic Assol soared above the water to meet her dream. By the way, this year the holiday was dedicated to the author of the fairy tale about Scarlet Sails Alexander Green – marks 140 years since his birthday.
If you missed the broadcast live, there is an opportunity to watch the best moments of the show.
Graduation Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg ended with a grandiose salute.Alena CHICHIGINA
It is far from our current confinement to that of the sailor at sea. Above all because the navigations that I have practiced are choices, well thought out and even often obtained by hard struggle. Furthermore, this state of isolation can be broken, if it is really necessary, by returning to the port.
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However, I see two similarities: the hampered will and the vertigo of time. In this world where we have gotten used to “everything, right away” to the point that it seems the norm, the hindrance seems unbearable. Coming and going as we please, practicing an activity, consuming when and how we want, is so familiar to us that we have forgotten that these are very recent prerogatives of our century and, of only a part of human beings. Beyond the intolerable which involves our physical and mental health and that of our loved ones, these new constraints are perhaps an opportunity to practice serendipity: the art of doing by chance, or despite unfavorable conditions , fruitful discoveries. This narrowing of the “outside” favors the reappropriation of the “inside”. The unrestrained and often superficial consumption can be followed by the deepening of these common goods which are human relations, culture, solidarity.
The little invites the best, and since there is no longer any external freedom, let us cultivate that of the interior. The constraints of everyday life are heavy, sometimes very heavy, but allow us to try what may have long dreamed us: writing, drawing, music, language, literature and all these areas of the most varied knowledge that seemed reserved for others or see you later. Getting the most out of who we are often allows us to discover unexpected resources. How many times, alone at sea, a task appeared to me insurmountable. And yet, since it was necessary, I found solutions. It is in us that are the keys to face this period.
“Human relationships take on meaning and weight”
This little and this best also applies to relationships with others. I have never tasted and learned more about my relationship with others than alone on the ocean. By passing them through this test of scarcity, human relationships take on their meaning and their weight. They appear to us for what they are: the essential motor of human beings.
This entrenchment that we are experiencing must not be synonymous with closure, but on the contrary with the re-creation of this social bond that will allow us to overcome the obstacle. These “others” are there, on the landing, across the street, at the end of the phone or a social network, the ones we may have overlooked, too absorbed in our routines. With them, we can share our frustrations, our hopes, our laughter and our rants. The bonds woven in adversity are those that are not forgotten. As for our very close relatives, those with whom we share rooms as small as a ship’s interior can be, it is up to us to rediscover them, too, to take care of them. From this attention may arise questions, discoveries, changes but which should be able to make us grow together.
The second great novelty of this confinement is the relation to time. For some it is an empty calendar, a loss of the hour and day mark, a slowing down of the watch. For others, it is a vertigo of organization between children, teleworking, spouse, household duties increased tenfold or complicated. In any case, this time becomes less rhythmic from the outside and it is up to us to put back a chosen order in our occupations, to take control of the priorities. Because time is the only thing that is counted to us all in the same way, second after second. This precious commodity is the only gift we can give to those we love. Now is the opportunity. This time is not lost, but regained. It is also a freedom to indulge in a fantasy, a passion, an experience, a reflection that was ripening somewhere deep inside us. Here is the time trapped between four walls, it is the opportunity to seize it, to taste it as much as possible, to savor it, to fill it with novelties or simply to let it flow in listening to a bird song.
The underlying reasons for this crisis
This strange freeze frame is also a great opportunity to question the meaning of what has led us so far and the underlying reasons for this crisis. For decades, the alerts have been more precise and more imperative on the nonsense of our economic organizations which undermine the fundamentals of our lives on this planet. This halt must at least serve to rethink and prepare for a more stable future from an environmental point of view and more equitable from a human point of view.
One day, this confinement will end. If we are just resuming the course of our lives as if nothing had happened, then this test will have been a useless and painful parenthesis. Alongside the pandemics favored by deforestation, will come climatic disturbances, wars for water, imbalances in biodiversity. And the upheavals will return. This collapse teaches us that the organizations we have built are neither omnipotent nor eternal. The fragility we are experiencing today is a return, albeit brutal, to reality. Life on earth is an exception in the universe and man is only a passerby.
François Gabart, French navigator, winner of the 7th edition of the Vendée Globe, the solo round the world trip, nonstop and without assistance. / Michel Slomka / hanslucas.com
But perhaps there will remain a little of this new taste, of this astonishment to see that the world can turn differently, of these new ideas and these solidarities, of this refusal to return to the routine, of these rediscovered priorities? The waiting time is also that of the prospective. Let’s use it.
What I (re) discover: the taste for ordinary things
I consider it a chance to be confined alone. I who live perpetually on trips and meetings, to the point of spending only a few rare days a month at home. Now I am re-appropriating what I like in solitude: the chosen management of my schedule and, with it, the impression that I no longer run after it. I no longer have the stress of finishing a task always faster, to make room for this other scheduled, this feeling of always having my eye on elsewhere, at the risk of rushing. I give myself the fantasy of my own priorities. Of course I have professional activities, but they no longer have tyrannical power over a few musical notes, a nice little dish or a phone call to those I love. I belong to myself, I take control of myself, I listen to myself.
Motionless and confined, I find the pleasure of these little things that change around me: the light that evolves during the day, the shadows that get longer, the buds of this spring that different each morning, the air fresher or more soft at the window, the birdsong which replaced the noise of the engines. These little things send me back to the world as it is, which send me back to what I am, a little human on a small planet somewhere in the cosmos. I love this feeling, which I also find at sea, of being part of a whole, of savoring the details, each of which, if you think about it, is a wonder.
It is this rhythm and this presence in reality that I will seek, among others, at sea. This is perhaps my discovery of the moment: life on land can also be savored, in its etymological sense of “giving taste ”. Now I find the taste for ordinary things.
Ecology, its great cause
♦ An agronomist by training, Isabelle Autissier is passionate about the sea and sailing, and in 1991, at 34 years old, became the first woman to go solo around the world. Sailing will remain one of the great passions of his life.
♦ She is the author of novels, tales and essays, notably inspired by her experience as an adventurer, among which Only the sea will remember (Grasset, 2009), The Lover of Patagonia (Grasset, 2012) or Hello to the Great South (Stock, 2006), co-written with novelist Erik Orsenna.
♦ President of the WWF-France foundation, she tirelessly defends the environmental cause there, with a concern for education, in particular through radio broadcasts.
“It is the first time that I have missed the Spi Ouest France in twenty-three years, it is heartbreaking, because it is the sailing festival and the first big meeting of the season, every sailors meet at Easter in La Trinité sur mer to race ”. As a top sailor, a former participant in the Tour de France sailing, Philippe Guigné is working his brakes from his home. And he will have to wait until the last weekend in September to participate in the actual – postponed – edition of his favorite race.
But as the boss of the company publishing Virtual Regatta, the famous online sailing race game which reproduces the Spi Ouest-France on a computer, he can only be satisfied. At around 11:00 a.m. on Monday April 13, 32,000 sailors had tried their luck since the start line opened three days earlier (it closes at 1:00 p.m. Monday, 13). This participation figure is a historic record for a so-called inshore race (near the coasts), knowing that the traditional virtual offshore races (offshore), Vendée Globe or Route du Rhum, are already well established.
140,000 participants in the Great Escape
400,000 sailors on screen accompanied the last Route du Rhum (French transatlantic race) in 2018, roughly as many who toured the world in 2017 with the solo sailors from the Vendée Globe. “The offshore games attract the general public, the inshore is more technical, you really need to know the sail, the navigation rules and the precise behavior of the boats to be well represented”, said Philippe Guigné, who still has all afternoon to try to improve the 10,000th place he is confined to, unworthy of his status as a former winner on the water.
The attraction for virtual events is not new in sailing, as in most sports where strategy plays a big role, racing, tennis or football. But the context of the Covid-19 epidemic has led to an influx of new participants: professional sailors usually excluded from virtual racing for the good reason that they live them at sea. Spi Ouest-France, but even more so in the deckchair organized since March 23 and which attracts 140,000 players. It was baptized The Great Escape, name chosen as a snub to containment.
The biggest names in ocean racing, Armel Le Cléach’ and Franck Cammas, have embarked on virtual boats. Second of the pros at the finish, Franck Cammas, the winner of the 2010 Route du Rhum, enjoyed the crossing. “The game is really very close to reality but a reality which is perhaps closer to that of a router than a runner proper. JI did this very seriously. And with the exception of the first night, when I experienced an alarm clock failure, I made adjustments at night during the whole race “, he says.
Great browser and handsome player
Unlike the Spi Ouest-France, disputed on an identical boat for all participants, the Great Escape is run on the main traditional categories of ocean racing. The fastest, the large multihulls or monohulls (Ultim and Imoca), are therefore already safely in Curaçao, an island in the Caribbean where the imaginary finish line has been drawn. Part of the Class 40 (13.20 m) is also docked, but many of the Figaro 3, 9.75 m monos close to the traditional cruising sailboat, are still battling in the South Atlantic.
Surprise: in almost all categories, the winners are amateurs, who have beaten the stars of sailing, not always aware of the latest software versions. A handsome player, Franck Cammas takes his hat off to them. “The community aspect and the friendliness with the other players are very nice. I chatted a lot online with the other gamers and they even advised me. Because if we have our usual routing software, they have dedicated sites and other high performance software “, He writes on his website.
A lesson in weather, physics and geography
This blend of friendliness and rivalry that sums up the spirit of sailing racing is even stronger in virtual racing than on water. There are many exchanges of advice via the game messaging system because many of the participants have a basic culture of sailing. “It is estimated that 50% of our players have never been on a boat, notes Philippe Guigné, emphasizing the democratic aspect of his game. “Sailing, an expensive and complicated sport to practice, accessible to all”.
The newspaper West France, partner of the virtual Spinnaker on board for the same reasons. “In racing, we also do weather, geography, physics, so we are in our educational role”, underlines Renaud Pelard, deputy chief editor of sports at the Breton daily newspaper, who takes over the race and publishes the results on his website.
Less than 14 days after departure, the first IMOCAs joined Curaçao and completed the route of La Grande Évasion. After a New Zealand victory in the Ultimes, the Ukrainian Sylk is the winner. He won in front of two Frenchmen, Lagrifoule and Héphaïstos. Among the Pros, Alexis Loison (Normandy Region, 202nd) took the lead, ahead of Erwan Le Draoulec (2nd pro and 243rd overall) and Pierre Quiroga (3rd pro and 349th overall). Note that the Norman should compete in the next Solitaire du Figaro.
We will not change it! Franck Cammas may well dispute his first virtual deckchair from his house in the middle of the fields of Morbihan, he is obsessed with one thing, the first places, and therefore does not hesitate to get up in the middle of the night to change the settings of his virtual multihull. “I run weather routings like when I am at sea. If I had been racing for real, I would have taken the South option much less daredevils … but as there, there is no risk of capsize, I went north lying in my bed! ” recounts, hilariously, the one who won almost everything in solo double and crew. Sure Virtual Regatta, there are more than 100,000 to challenge Cammas and the other champions, whether they are “sailors” of Sunday or addicted to online games having never set foot on a sailboat …
You can choose your boat class, from the 9-meter Figaro 3 monotype to the giant trimaran of more than 31 meters, the color of the hull and sails, and offer yourself certain options (fees apply) so that you can entrust your toy to the pilot. automatic at night… It is also rumored that a number of competitors isolate themselves in the toilets to play cuddly and escape confinement for a few moments, but do not beat the best professional skippers! If Virtual Regatta is enjoying worldwide success, being modeled on all “real” races like the Vendée Globe, the Route du Rhum or the Transat Jacques-Vabre, this “Great Escape”, between La Rochelle and Curaçao in the north of Venezuela, was invented from scratch during this health crisis, since all nautical events are obviously canceled or postponed sine die. Online game designer for almost twenty years, Philippe Guigné has had a nose. Himself an amateur racer, he has specialized in sailing since the 2006 Route du Rhum, surrounding himself with top flight engineers, and surfing on the rise of broadband and then the explosion of smartphones. For this “topical” race, he decided, in view of the proceeds of the game, to donate 10,000 euros to the work of the Breton sailor, who helps seafarers in difficulty.
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While the construction site Charal, the foiler on which he is to take the start of the Vendée Globe in November is stopped, Jérémie Beyou is also trying out the virtual regatta … with his 16-year-old son. “He already knows the game and masters the controls, and I am more focused on the strategic part. Lots of people send me messages and ask me if I am the real Jérémie Beyou, has fun the champion, three times winner of the famous Solitaire du Figaro. We talk about the weather, I show him how we route, but we don’t spend our day there either. There are much more assiduous guys who clearly do night shifts. And then Achilles is in first, he also has his lessons every day on the web. ”
“You quickly lost 50 places”
Armel Le Cléac’h, Beyou’s childhood friend, also discovered the game. The winner of the last Vendée Globe armed an Ultim trimaran almost similar to the one currently under construction. “I do a bit like a boat. As soon as the weather model arrives at around 8 a.m., I load the data, run a few routes and see a bit of the route to follow during the day. I do not do that because I am well occupied between my two children and their homework, teleworking, household chores. At night, no I don’t get up. You must not exaggerate ! There is a function to program your route. I enter a few waypoints so that the boat changes course or even turns while I sleep. As there are 33,000 of us in Ultim, you quickly lose 50 to 100 spots as soon as a weather option appears, but I’m having fun. ”
Briton Samantha Davies has not really started and has even challenged François Gabart with her 8 year old son Ruben in a previous virtual race. “He regularly follows us on the computer when we are in real race with his father [Romain Attanasio, conjoint de Samantha Davies, ndlr]. It’s more for the pictures than for the game! But it’s also a way to explain the races to him, to show him what we usually do, to share in an educational way. In fact, he feels involved, monitors my ranking, and does not hesitate to tell me:“But what the fuck did you do mom!” Of course, in real life, a question of marine sense, I would not have taken the North option, too risky for the boat … but as it is virtual, you can afford it! “
The third edition of the Drheam-Cup, an Open French offshore racing event, still scheduled from July 18 to 27 between Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and La Trinité-sur-Mer, will welcome a fleet of Figaro Bénéteau 3 this year. The opportunity for the Figarists to perform a beautiful rehearsal a little over a month before the start of the Solitaire du Figaro scheduled for August 30. “When Jacques Civilise told me of his desire to welcome the Figaristes, I immediately found the idea very interesting and I submitted it to the members of the office who were also seduced,” explains Yvon Breton , president of the Figaro Bénéteau class. First because it takes place at an ideal time in view of the Solitaire du Figaro, which starts a good month later, then because the fact of participating in a multi-class race is an opportunity for our class of open outwards ”. Cherbourg-born Alexis Loison was the first Figariste to register.
Following the cancellation of the race due to the epidemic of Coronavirus, the great race of the Solo Maître Coq moved to the field of the virtual simulation game “Virtual Regatta Offshore”, meeting a great success with more than 21,500 participants at the start. Under the pseudonym “Speedou”, François Dieul was the quickest to complete the 340 miles from and to the Sables d’Olonnes via the Ile de Ré, Belle-Ile and the Plateau de Rochebonne after 1 day, 22 hours, 18 minutes and 14 seconds, thus winning this Saturday the classification in scratch.
“I loved it. I love this game that I discovered by chance at the start. I am not an old router, but simply a true enthusiast for four years now, even if, often, with my professional occupations, this is not always compatible, he admitted to the organizers. The confinement context allowed me to focus fully on performance, which requires a 24-hour investment. ”
Among the Figarists, it was Italian Alberto Bona, skipper of Kiniska who won after finishing 147th overall.
The collection is called Weather Miroir but it is anything but a simple log of sunshine and showers. Claire Malroux is not an author of the daily newspaper. Without going into the fantastic either, she seeks more to let images come to life than to offer a clear description of the world. His poetry then echoes mental visions, even appearances.
Written for the most part between 2013 and 2018, the poems gathered here necessarily have, for the author born in 1925, a twilight color. The poems echo “The dread of being oneself / or of not being or more or of being only oneself / or all that together”. They are also tinged with religious references (Genesis, the psalms) but the“hope” and the “eternal life” are words that are “Empty nursery signs / abandoned squats”. No, “At the end of his walk, the walker / does not distinguish any path towards any world”. It remains for the poet to keep the chronicle of time, which she also recalls the two meanings of the word: the weather, very often windy with Malroux who first wanted to baptize his book Variable, with strong wind, and the one who passes and whose stigmata can only be seen.
Here is an excerpt from Weather Miroir.
Of those days when nothing, nor sun dance shoes, skiff at the quay, light breeze in the morning neither promises on the shelf, incites to gain momentum The sky recedes as at intervals the sea goes away, tired of being plowed leagues from shore and we feel that we will not leave or so shortly before the real departure but then, with here and this time what difference?
Or we will leave, but when we stop waiting the trepidation of ogres devouring territories the majestic wake of floating cities on the waves the dazzling outburst towards space stations
It will be too late
We will no longer have time to gather her clothes, consult the guide to the last natural paradises We will stay in the harbor, in dry dock with refit to get hull and wing lifter while grumbling
Claire Malroux, Weather Miroir, ed. Le Bruit du temps, 92 pp., 17 euros.
First announced to 28 sailors, the plateau of The Transat CIC, the new name of the legendary English solo transatlantic race, will finally align 30 boats on the starting line on May 10 in Brest, direction Charleston in the United States: 4 Ultims trimarans, 17 Imoca monohulls and 9 Class40 monohulls.