Once on shore, Gabart somehow managed to face the rush of hundreds of journalists and camera crews shoving cameras and microphones in front of him, literally smiling most of the time, after living alone for more than two and half months at sea. But that is not to say that the punishing race had not taken its toll. He described, as others have done before him, how sailing the Vendée is unarguably the most painful, stressful, and ultimately dangerous solo offshore race that any sailor can aspire to. French sailors often use the word "épouvantable," which loosely translated, means something excessively or extremely bad, to describe what it is like to live on two hours or less of sleep per 24 hours while getting knocked around on a 60-foot steel drum that offers the same level of comfort as a prison cell does for several weeks. And like those who won the race in years past, Gabart could not say whether he was up to completing another Vendée in his lifetime during the minutes following his arrival.