Close reaching in a Force 5 breeze, Bagages Superior plowed the final miles to the finish off the coast of France. Sailing under solent, double-reefed main, and mizzen, her broad deck heeled only slightly. Approaching the welcoming flotilla, her heel increased. Gautier was releasing water ballast in case he needed to throw in an emergency tack. After nearly 25,000 miles of faultless sailing, the 31-year-old Frenchman was still ready for anything.