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In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

Yesterday, 11:40 AM

he is so lucky that ship is there, considering the normal for that area is the odd asian long liner if your lucky. 


FYI its a research vessel. 


In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

Yesterday, 11:18 AM

Damn, SOS situation for Kito :(


That makes my heart sink. 



edit for english people. 



"Contacted by telephone, Kito de Pavant declared, “I hit something hard with the keel. It was a violent shock and the boat came to a standstill. The rear bearings of the keel were ripped off and the keel is hanging under the boat kept in place simply by the keel ram, which is in the process of cutting through the hull... The keel housing has been destroyed and there is  a huge ingress of water there, but for the moment, it is limited to the engine compartment. I currently have forty knots of wind and 5-6m high waves. The boat is stopped. I brought down the mainsail so that she is heeling less. The situation has been stabilised for the moment. I have my survival kit alongside me. Someone is going to have to come and get me. I am trying to contact the Marion Dufresne to ask them to come here.”

The Vendée Globe Race Directors immediately alerted the MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Center) Gris Nez to inform them of the damage and to organise the rescue. 

The rescue centre has been in contact with the Marion Dufresne, which is currently 110 miles north of Kito de Pavant’s location to the north of the Crozet Islands. The Marion Dufresne is expected to reach the area in around ten hours.

More information later today."

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

02 December 2016 - 08:19 AM

Did anyone else see the helo vid of Beyou? Looks like hes got his gennaker stuck. Its furled but he needs to go up the mast to get it down. This explains why hes heading a bit more north as he wants to avoid that big depression heading in. Plus he has lost his "fleet" (not sure what this is) but from what i gather is where he gets his weather information. 

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

01 December 2016 - 08:51 AM

Looks that way, though I think its more the fact he cut the corner. Maybe Armel was caught napping!

In Topic: Vendee Globe 2016?

29 November 2016 - 03:29 PM

don't forget the weight of the hull loaded is part of the rig calculation? I assume they get given a total weight of equipment your allowed to take and they base their decisions from there?