Crémer, one of Musto’s ‘ambassadors’ in the race, also said she had forgotten about Ellen MacArthur’s round the world record until her team reminded her a few days before the finish.
The Frenchwoman, 31, broke MacArthur’s 20-year-old record for the fastest time by a woman sailing solo and non-stop around the world in a monohull, when she finished the Vendée Globe in 87 days on 3 February.
MacArthur’s time was 94 days, on Kingfisher in the 2000/2001 edition of the race.
Crémer was one of six women to do the 2020/21 edition and finished 12th overall on her boat Banque Populaire X.
Reflecting on the race, with the benefit of three months ashore, she said: “Ellen MacArthur achieved so much in such a short career. She was truly incredible. But when I did the Vendée Globe I was not thinking about her record, because I was pretty sure other sailors were going to arrive before me.
“It was quite a surprise a few days before my arrival to have my team tell me I was going to break her record.
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