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  1. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Comparing both trackers we might see some media from Charal and Sodebo Ultime. Seems like they got reasonably close to each other
  2. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Sebastien Simon on Arkena Paprec again on the damaged side and slowing at the end of the report.
  3. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    It will take a while to talk to everyone involved and generate a good report. What did they pack, what did Kevin grab, what did he manage to keep hold of. What did he think he had. What did he do, why did he do what he did. And so on and so forth. Some answers could be as simple as "I did not think of that at the time."
  4. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    There will be questions about the structure. As designed, build and then modified over time. The bad part is that information about what happened is basically limited to what Kevin saw. The good part is that there is no reason to hold back with construction data. All skippers and the class are very interested in finding out what went wrong. The other area for me is the packing list for the rafts. If there is once again the risk that a boat will fail that fast relying on grab bags does not seem sufficient. (IIRC the VOR had a lot more stuff packed. Can't be bothered to find the list right now.) A call or text message from Kevin with what he thought at the time "I'm ok and in my raft. Lets try again tomorrow with more light and better weather." would have removed a lot of stress all around. Esp. when he can send a message with his GPS coordinates. Say a Garmin inReach or something similar. How about both an AIS PLB and personal EPIRB fixed to the survival suit? Certainly one of the places where they make sense.
  5. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Degraded performance would be consistent with an EPIRB close to and even sometimes under water. Aka a liferaft in bad weather. Bad reception of the GPS signal leading to bad location data. (larger location error) Bad conditions to transmit the signal to the sats, adding even more degradation. (fewer messages received)
  6. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    We now know that he had an AIS PLB in his pocket at all times. (From his Dongfeng VOR routine.) He also took the boats EPIRB with him. Initially to mount it on the railing for better reception, then managed to hold onto it as he went swimming and into the raft.
  7. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    In an earlier/different version Kevin said that the smaller life raft, stored in a bag inside the boat, was unreachable. So he took the one at the stern.
  8. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    *g* Probably also to reassure him that this boat is not starting to fall apart. I wonder what JLC will have to say about hitchhikers once Kevin gets transferred.
  9. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Yeah, they are always a lot of fun. usually deepl is a bit better than that. There was some overlap with the news that PRB broke in front of the mast instead of much more closer to the bow. The boats must have at least 6 compartments or 5 bulkheads. In most videos the one in the front is closed. (As seen on HB only a manhole.) We rarely see the one in the back, probably also closed. (The risk of rudder damage and a hole is real.) The the videos the middle bulkheads tend to be open. I initially thought he lost the bow, opening up the second compartment and then flooding the rest through open or damaged bulkheads. Does not really help if the boat breaks the way it apparently did... The way I read it the 4 seconds were from bang to fold to there really is a lot of water in the boat. First reaction to send a text. (Getting a reaction ASAP.) Then very little time to grab anything and launch the raft. I doubt Kevin had an idea that the boat would sink that fast. I guess one of the results will be to pack more stuff into the hard shell raft in case you can't get the grab bags. Perhaps a second survival suit as well.
  10. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Article on the PRB site: https://sport.prb.fr/en-mer/actus/250-le-recit-de-kevin-escoffier-sur-sa-terrible-avarie-et-son-sauvetage-par-jean-le-cam Deepl transcript: THE STORY OF KEVIN ESCOFFIER ON HIS TERRIBLE DAMAGE AND HIS RESCUE BY JEAN LE CAM DECEMBER 1, 2020 Kevin Escoffier joined his shore crew at 8:00 am this morning and gave an account of his terrible damage and the exceptional rescue by Jean Le Cam last night southwest of the Cape of Good Hope. KEVIN'S STORY : "It's surreal what happened. The boat folded back on itself in a 27-knot wave. I heard a crack, but honestly, I didn't need the noise to understand. I looked at the bow, it was at 90°. In a few seconds, there was water everywhere. The back of the boat was under water and the bow was pointing to the sky. The boat broke in two in front of the mast bulkhead. It seemed to fold back. I assure you, I'm not exaggerating... there was a 90° angle between the back and the front of the boat. I had no time to do anything. I could just send a message to my team "I'm sinking. It's not a joke. MAYDAY". Between the time I was on deck trimming the sails and the time I was in TPS, it didn't even take two minutes. It was extremely fast. I got out of the boat, put on the TPS (survival suit) as fast as I could. I saw smoke, the electronics burning. Everything was shutting down. The only reflex I had was to grab the phone to send this message and take the TPS that I never put on. I wanted to take the grab bag but I couldn't because the water was rising. I took the bib (life raft) from the back. The front bib was not accessible, it was already three meters below the water. The water was in the cockpit up to the door. I would have liked to stay a little longer on board but I could see that everything was going very fast and then I caught a breaker and went into the water with the raft. At that moment, I was not at all reassured... You are in a raft with 35 knots of wind. No, it's not reassuring. I was only reassured when I saw Jean. But the problem was how to get on board with him. We said 2-3 words to each other. It was Verdun on the water. He was forced to move away a little and then afterwards, I saw that he was still on the zone. I stayed in the raft until early morning. I didn't know if the weather was going to get soft enough to allow for a maneuver. He was 2 meters away from me, he sent me the fry with a link but it was hard to stop the boat. Finally, I managed to catch a tube, a bar to get on board. There was still sea, about 3.50 meters. It's an ordeal in these conditions to get on board a 60', especially when you're constrained in your movements by the TPS. Honestly, fortunately I'm in good shape because I assure you it's not easy. When I found myself on board with Jean, we fell into each other's arms. He said, "Fuck, you're on board! It was hot! ». And I said, "Fuck your race, you were having a great race". He said, "That's okay, the last time it was me who had put Vincent's race to bed". At the moment, I have no idea what's next. We will see with the race direction. There, I slept well 2 hours, rested, I ate. I did everything I could for the boat. I had reinforced it, I did everything, I have no regrets about what I did. »
  11. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Another look at watertight compartments and their operation. Keeping more of them closed. Oh, and make them more pressure resistant... Not so much to keep the boar afloat if when the front falls off but to buy more time. On the somewhat positive side the will be an up to date review of the materials packed in the life raft and what the boats carry as rescue equipment.
  12. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Reports are that JLC lost sight of the raft when he had to go under deck / work on the engine. Hoping that they have some vhf/plb/epirb comms with Kevin and are "just" waiting for daylight. Or perhaps the OSCAR cameras are useful to detect the raft flashlight. (And if not develop that ASAP!!!) The other major hope is of course that Kevin had enough time to get into the survival gear and leave the boat in a somewhat orderly fashion. From the rough timeline that seems likely. True. And even then it will be a while before we get informed.
  13. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Looks like JLC lost sight of the raft while working on the engine. Finding it at night is obviously a problem. Even if they have some form of comms. (Does the raft pack something? Did he grab something from the boat?) Getting more boats in the area helps also to get some form of sleep if required. Now that Yannik is on site JLC might do exactly that. Since JLC has the only conventional boat on site he might still be the one to pull Kevin out. (No foils to complicate the rescue even further.) The cargo vessel is roughly 180nm away. IIRC roughly the same speed as Benjamin so ~15kts. They could get there by ~1200UTC which would be in a relative lull.
  14. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Not particularly good. With more information coming out it seems clear that Kevin had some time before stepping into the life raft. Even a few minutes help a lot to put some gear on and think what to grab. 10°C air, 14° water temp (according to the ECMWF model), inside the life raft, likely in a survival suit, competitor on stand by and likely in communication. The bad news is that it is now night, the good news is that by sunrise the weather models have a lot less wind and wave and are improving as time goes on. At 1346UTC for the first message from Kevin to the team JLC was ~20nm behind Kevin traveling at ~17kts The time of the beacon activation is currently not public. JLC arrived ~1600UTC and saw Kevin in the life raft. Current forecast: 25kts wind gusting 36, 4.6m waves 3.2m swell Forecast at 0400UTC, local sunrise: 20kts wind gusting 31, 4.1m waves 3.4m swell Forecast at 1200UTC: 13kts wind gusting 20, 3.3m waves 3.4m swell Wave period is always 10-11 seconds in the forecast, that does not help.
  15. Chasm

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Boris is ~80nm away. Looks like a long night for Kevin. The good news is that the weather is supposed to improve all the time on both models.