Atlantic storm thins the ranks of the participants in the Route de Rhum

Choppy sea during the second day of the “rum race” made about fifty sailors to continue to seek refuge off the coast of France and Spain , or to return from the open sea to the land due to the fact of the matter arising technical problems.

The most serious incident of the day was the coup of the Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire Solo IX the winner of the Vendée Globe Frenchman armel Le Cle (Armel Le Cléac’h).

Blue-white ship Le Cle was in third place in tier ULTIME North-East of the Azoreswhen the wind is 30-35 knots and five metre waves he broke off the right outrigger.

Trimaran capsized. Le Cle reported that is safe inside the Central hull.

“It is 450 nautical miles from Lisbon and 320 miles from Punta Delgada, that is a little closer to the Azores. It’s too far for a helicopter, but we know, because of the coordination center Maritime rescue, that it flew out a plane to scout out the situation. With Armel’s all right, he prepares to evacuate,” said the race Director Jacques Kares (Jacques Caraës).

Around 20:30 UTC Les Cles picked up by a fishing boat. It will deliver yachtsman in Spain.

This is the second coup Le Cle has experienced this year. In a similar situation he was in April during a training session in Morocco.

But not only Armel Le Cle unlucky that day. The Franco-German participant in the Joschka Isabelle (Isabelle Joschke), who went seventh in the IMOCA division, and one of the favorites CLASS40 Briton Sam Goodchild (Sam Goodchild) was left without masts. Both of them will be forced to return to France.

“I’m extremely disappointed. But my goal at the Route de Rhum was to not regret. To be honest, looking back, I don’t think that could have something to do otherwise”, — said Goodchild.

He was able to “fix” the mast using the boom and a storm sail independently to get to Brest.

Frenchman Fabrice Amedeo (Fabrice Amedeo) also expects to return to Brittany in the next couple of days. On his IMOCA Newrest-Art et Fenetres a damaged bowsprit. When the captain noticed a fault, it was 140 nautical miles from the zone of separation movements Spanish La Coruna. When the wind is 18-20 knots and waves of 4-5 meters Amedeo went on sarafina the mainsail and the jib J3. The cause of failure unclear: sailor have not noticed any impact.

Another participant of tier IMOCA, the French Besthoven Yanik (Yannick Bestaven), was forced to make a technical stopover in the Portuguese Cascaisto fix the rail to lift the grotto at its Maitre-Côq. At the time of writing he has shifted from 7-th to 12-th place.

Due to the stratification of the hull of his IMOCA nearest safe Harbor is looking for a British woman Sam Davies (Sam Davies). About four o’clock in the afternoon UTC on Tuesday she informed the coast team that discovered the deformation of the bottom of the boat.

Cautious it made strange sounds which were made by the corps.

Naval architects explained to Davis that the cause of deformation could be large waves, pelting her yacht in the Bay of Biscay. The security woman is not in danger, but if she decides to go to Brest, it will have to go around 430 nautical miles.

Finally, the Briton Phil sharp (Phil Sharp), coming third in CLASS40, we had to deal with a torn Spinnaker halyard, unable to withstand the load on Monday night.

“Sail fell into the water. I stopped the yacht and took it quickly. I hope we got it before something broke,” — said Sharpe.

The umbilical cord is vital to the British for the production of small and medium Spinnaker the most important sail to participate in the Route de Rhum. Sharpe once had to climb the mast to repair — according to the forecast, waves in the next few days will only increase, so I hope that the sea will soon calm down, he was left with.

At the time of writing the leaders in their divisions were: françois Gabaret (François Gabart, ULTIME), Alex Thomson (Alex Thomson, IMOCA), Thibault Vase-camu (Thibaut Vauchel-Camus, MULTI50), Risom Yoann (Yoann Richomme, CLASS40), Pierre Antoine (Pierre Antoine, RHUM MULTI) and Lavigne Sidney (Sidney Gavignet, RHUM MONO).

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