Loic Escoffier rescued off the coast of Ireland after capsizing in his ORC 50

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Loic Escoffier has been rescued off the coast of Ireland after capsizing in his ORC 50 while racing solo in the Drheam Cup.


Courtesy www.yachtingworld.com - Helen Fretter
Loic Escoffier, who is the brother of Vendée Globe skipper Kevin Escoffier , was competing in the single-handed 1,000-mile race when he sent a message at 1640 yesterday (Tuesday 19 July) to raise the alert that he had capsized about 60 miles south of Fastnet Rock. His brother Kevin (who was himself famously rescued in the solo Vendée Globe race), received the message.

Escoffier was sailing in 30-knot winds when the catamaran capsized, and he was leading the four-boat Rhum Multi fleet at the time. His sponsors Lodigroup reported that Loïc was fine and safely inside the boat. Race management alerted the nearest competitors to Escoffier’s position and search and rescue services.
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Loic Escoffier on the bow of his upturned ORC50 catamaran Lodigroup. Photo: Irish Coastguard
Approximately six hours after the incident, at 2200, the Irish Coastguard and Baltimore RNLI rescued Escoffier from the upturned vessel. Video footage shows the challenging sea state at the time, as Escoffier was first recovered by RIB from the forward trampoline and transferred to Baltimore Lifeboat.
Shortly before midnight Escoffier was then airlifted by helicopter and transferred to Cork University Hospital.
The Irish Coastguard issued a statement saying: “Valentia Coast Guard in collaboration with French and UK SAR authorities coordinated a response to an incident involving a single person crewed racing catamaran approximately 70 miles South West of Mizen Head late yesterday evening. As part of the rescue operation the Coast Guard Helicopters from Shannon and Waterford and Baltimore lifeboat were tasked to the scene.

“Just after 10pm yesterday the Casualty was recovered from the upturned catamaran by Baltimore RNLI lifeboat and then airlifted by Waterford helicopter R117 from the scene. The Catamaran is understood to have suffered damage to its keel and overturned. Just before midnight R117 transferred the sailor to Cork University Hospital. The skipper is understood to be in good spirits after his ordeal.”
Divisional Controller at Valentia John Draper added: “The recovery was more challenging than we might have initially expected and I want to compliment both the Baltimore RNLI crew and the Helicopter crews for their professionalism.”
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The ORC50 Lodigroup sailing earlier this season. Photo: Lodigroup/Polaryse
Lodi group also issued a statement on their social media pages saying: “Shortly before midnight, Tuesday 19 July, almost seven hours after his rollover occurred off the Fastnet, Loïc Escoffier was rescued by the Irish Coast Guards. The skipper is fine and uninjured.
“The whole LODIGROUP Team warmly thanks Brieuc Maisonneuve, Rhum Multi competitor, who stayed near Loïc until his evacuation, as well as the race management and rescue teams for their reactivity and professionalism.”
The Drheam Cup is a 1,000-mile race which takes the solo fleets from Cherbourg, past Lizard Point to Fastnet Rock, then to a turning mark off the Ile de Ré and the Vendée, before finishing at Trinité-sur-Mer. The fleet includes Class 40s, Ocean 50s, Figaro and IRC designs as well as performance multihulls.
Escoffier’s Lodigroup is an ORC 50 catamaran (formerly known as the TS5) launched in March this year. He had competed in several crewed races with the boat this season but this was his first solo race in the multihull.
 

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Apparently Loic had an autopilot failure which put the boat into a sharp luff in about 30 knots breeze.

The boat is a standard enough hull, deck, bulkheads and engines, but without cruisy trimmings, and, I hear, without the racy failsafe kit that lets you sleep easy...

Assuming they bring her back here to St Malo, we will know more in due course.
 

billy backstay

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Glad the skipper is okay! Great footage of the RIB plucking him off the overturned tramp at the bow. One of the hulls nearly came down onto the port side of the rib in one of those big waves....
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Black Sox

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Awesome to see what the royal rescue service uses for equipment. They don't seem to need massive gear and horsepower to be real men!
Pedantry alert - the full name is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, RNLI for short.

For background, it's not a state organisation, it's a charity, funded entirely by donations and staffed by (mostly) volunteers. Impressive work they do.

The helicopters are operated for the coastguard and that is a state organisation.
 

Blitz

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"Catamaran is understood to have suffered damage to its keel and overturned." ??
 

Russell Brown

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I don't like monster trucks and generally don't like the people who drive them, but I like both monohulls and multihulls. Neither here nor there, but I don't have to like monster trucks and you don't have to sail multihulls...
 

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Pedantry alert - the full name is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, RNLI for short.

For background, it's not a state organisation, it's a charity, funded entirely by donations and staffed by (mostly) volunteers. Impressive work they do.

The helicopters are operated for the coastguard and that is a state organisation.
For the helicopters there was just new contract issued with the MCA but not being very smart I don't know if that would cover service in/off Ireland.
 

Black Sox

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For the helicopters there was just new contract issued with the MCA but not being very smart I don't know if that would cover service in/off Ireland.
I’m fairly sure you’re referring to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, which is a UK entity. We have our own, albeit much smaller, Coastguard.

Ours and yours do work together, though, and I understand that the RNLI is one organisation covering the two jurisdictions.
 

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For the helicopters there was just new contract issued with the MCA but not being very smart I don't know if that would cover service in/off Ireland.
This has nothing to do with the MCA. This is an Irish Coastguard helicopter and a lifeboat from the Irish RNLI org.
 

shanghaisailor

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I’m fairly sure you’re referring to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, which is a UK entity. We have our own, albeit much smaller, Coastguard.

Ours and yours do work together, though, and I understand that the RNLI is one organisation covering the two jurisdictions.
Correct Black Sox. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), despite 'National' in its name provides rescue coverage for the waters around the British Isles (United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland) and is non governmental or political. This amazing service is a registered charity which operates on public subscription - no government money or legislation and is operated primarily by volunteers with, in most cases, the coxswain being the only full time paid member of the crew. In the real gnarly stuff they often are heading out to assist a casualty when everyone else is running for cover. Fantastic organisation and amazingly courageous men and women crew these boats.
 
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