IN ONE WORD, HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A ‘DARE TO WIN’ ATTITUDE?
When you're racing, you have to be an opportunist when it comes to deciding on strategies, depending on the weather. It's important to assess the risks according to the weather/wind/sea conditions, because first of all you have to finish the race before you can win it. Then you have to be daring – once you've sized up the conditions and made your choice of sails, your steering tactics, etc.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST RISK YOU HAVE TAKEN TO FINISH A RACE?
You can take risks in terms of the weather, heading into difficult conditions for a shortcut or taking on more wind in order to pick up speed.
WHAT MOTTO DO YOU CARRY WITH YOU TO MOTIVATE YOU AT ANY TIME?
When I find myself in difficult situations I try to stay positive throughout. I say to myself that the best is still ahead.
WHAT DOES THE THRILL OF VICTORY MEAN TO YOU?
When I'm alone, there's a strong emotional bond with my boat. It's a joint effort! We did it together! And also the fact that I can say that I pushed myself to the limit to rise to the challenge. In a way, that feeling of letting go is also emotional.