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  1. At 2:18 am French time, the PRB team was informed of the rescue of Kevin Escoffier by Jean Le Cam. At the HQ since the beginning of the evening, the President of PRB, Jean-Jacques Laurent, assisted minute after minute with the race director Jacques Caraës and the entire race management team in all the rescue operations deployed for meet the skipper, forced to leave the edge around 14:46 French time.

    He's on board with Jean!" We just saw him ”. A few quick words without more detail arose in the dead of night. A huge relief for the whole team, Kevin's family and all those involved in the Vendée Globe at sea, but also on land. The hours since Kevin's last message just before he urgently boarded his liferaft have been endless. Everything has been done to find the Malouin tossed about in his life raft on the border with the Indian Ocean, 600 miles southwest of the Cape of Good Hope.

    Kevin has so far only been seen aboard YesWeCam! via a live video because Jean Le Cam had connected his video system during all the search operations. No one has yet been able to chat with the PRB skipper who just appeared smiling, bundled up in his survival suit alongside Jean Le Cam.


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  2. I don't think I have seen it mentioned since arrival in Palma. But at P&M website a further update on 3 June says...


    "Whilst the investigations into the cause of the loss are still on going, it has recently transpired during the investigations that the cradle provided by the yacht owners had undergone an undisclosed and apparently uncertified modification prior to shipment. This modification appears to have resulted in the failure of the yacht’s cradle."


    So the cradle used didn't match the design that was supposedly certified for transport use.

  3. 55 minutes ago, Zonker said:

    Yacht owner: we gots us a cradle

    P&M: okay dokey. Is it safe for use at sea?

    YO: Of course. safe as houses. Chance in a million of it failing etc.

    P&M: well if you say so...

    If the cradle fails, the lashings go slack of course, so things go rapidly pear shaped.  The 3 other engineers that I showed it to all shuddered that that section with no diagonal bracing - the point where it failed. If the lashings went first, and I don't know was responsible for them, then it's another story. But I bet it was the cradle first.


    Would it be ok if my cradle is constructed from cardboard or some other paper based derivative?

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