Since her return to France in mid-April, Cécile Laguette has quickly got back down to her preparation for sailing singlehanded. “I got straight back into the mix. I’ve done a lot of work on the boat and I’ve been putting in some intensive sessions on the water in April and May”, explains the skipper of Eclisse, who will be lining up for the start of her first race of the season on the demanding Figaro Bénéteau circuit on Sunday 17 June 2018, in Normandy, for the Le Havre Allmer Cup. “Last week, I had two training sessions on the cards in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). And now that I have arrived in Le Havre, I am heading back out again with the other skippers from the Pôle Finistère Course au Large for another two training session just two days before the start of the race”, notes Cécile, whose aim is to quickly find her bearings again in singlehanded configuration and then gradually up her game between now and the famous Solitaire Urgo – Le Figaro scheduled for mid-August. “I don’t want to set myself up for a fall and announce any precise ranking number. I know that if I sail a clean race and manage to stay focused, the results will follow”, explains the sailor, who has built her career step by step without cutting corners. “I don’t want to rush things. At the end of last year, I announced that I wanted to up my game in sporting terms, but I don’t want to steam too far ahead and miss out on the pre-season events. Even though I’ve amassed 15,000 miles at sea during the Volvo Ocean Race, I’m aware that crewed and solo sailing are two very different beasts”, Cécile Laguette rightly notes. As such, this season she’s going to focus on managing her race at sea singlehanded and getting her speed up so she doesn’t have any ‘hole’ in her performance like last year. “After three nights at sea, you’re very sleep deprived and your clear-mindedness is a bit lacking. The idea is to manage to take stock a bit and have more stamina”, the skipper explains, keen to get going again aboard Eclisse and see if all the experience she’s racked up over recent months will pay off.