The young Brazilian Tamara Klink was on site to watch the start of yesterday’s Globe40 prologue in Lorient. At 24 years of age, she became the first woman in her country to cross the Atlantic singlehanded. A performance she had dreamed of from a very early age and made it a reality on a small boat, bought for a song in Norway. We interviewed her dockside.
Tamara, what are your thoughts having witnessed the start of the Globe40 prologue?
I imagine what a challenge it must have been for Manfred to organise this race. However, I’ve had the opportunity to stop off at some of the towns and cities that will host the Globe40 stopovers, like Cape Verde and Recife, and I was amazed to see the locals’ enthusiasm for this project and this concept. It’s a race which stops off in places which are far from conventional in the offshore racing domain, that aren’t just about going downwind, which is quite something when you consider that French boats are generally optimised for downwind racing. As such, I believe that it’s a really wonderful challenge, which is opening up new horizons for offshore racing as we speak and altering mindsets about just how far you can go with these boats.
To my mind, the locals don’t realise, or no longer realise what strengths this town has and what message it sends out to those of us undertaking our sailing projects. Elsewhere, in another country, dreams are seemingly impossible to realise. It’s hard to find people to support us and help us, so when we come here, we get the impression that our dreams are normal almost. Chatting with the overseas skippers in the Class Mini, they sense that they’ve found a place on earth where everything they’ve ever dreamed of is achievable, ordinary even. Even their major projects, which seemed unrealistic, are normalised here, simple even to some extent.