Vendee Globe 2020


Thank goodness for this. King Jean pays it backwards and forwards. What a seaman. Going to be wired thinking about this for a few more hours!!



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now I can sleep now

yes we cam
I can't believe i cried - tears of relief. I know (thank goodness it wasn't "knew") Kevin from 2 DFRT campaigns and not only a sailor, consummate seaman and engineer a hell of a nice guy. It has been a long fraught sleepless night waiting for this news and dreading the alternative. 

Well done Jean and props to the other guys who didn't hesitate to suspend racing and join in the search.

I actually bounced up and down on my office chair when i read roblynn's post (post 6080).

Such incredibly good news.

I'm gonna stop typing before i get too emotional.

Off to bed




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I thought they (in the search zone) were at about 9 degrees east and about 40.7 south.  Mea culpa if I have that wrong.
Not necessary.

They are in South African Standard Time and Central Africa Timezone which is UTC plus 2 hours. Your sunrise at 0346 UTC or half an hour ago was spot on. 

I said first light appearing (maybe half an hour before sunrise) so maybe that the confusion. 

First light would be appearing now. Sun up in maybe half an hour. 

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At 0118hrs UTC the PRB Team was informed that their Vendée Globe race skipper Kevin Escoffier (PRB) has been rescued by fellow Vendée Globe competitor Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!).

Escoffier had to abandon his IMOCA 60 PRB following damage yesterday afternoon around 1346hrs UTC and took to his liferaft some 840 nautical miles SW of Cape Town.

The rescue mission was coordinated from Les Sables d’Olonne by Vendée Globe Race Direction in collaboration with CROSS Griz Nez and MRCC South Africa. The President of PRB, Jean-Jacques Laurent was at the Race HQ with race director Jacques Caraës and the race direction team assisting through the entire process.  

"He's on board with Jean!" These short words came as a huge relief for the whole team, for Escoffier’s family and all those involved in the Vendée Globe

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

Vendée Globe race director Jacques Caraës outlined, “We sent Jean back to a position received by the CROSS Gris Nez, the position sent by the onboard EPIRB distress beacon. Météo France's drift simulation also delivered a trace. Jean set off at OOh15 UT (1h15 French time) on our request to reach this point at reduced speed. He found no one at the given location. He then resumed its journey southeast for three quarters for between 45 minutes and an hour - an hour. As he was making headway at 1.5 knots in a 20-25 knot wind under very reduced sail (3 reefs in the mainsail and no engine), he disappeared from the screen when suddenly we heard him talk. We no longer saw anyone. Then, a few minutes after 1:06 UT or 2:06 French time (time at which he had precisely to retrieve Kevin on board), Jean went back down to the chart table and then we saw Kevin arrive behind his back in a survival suit. They both appeared fit seconds before the video cut. He is fine. Everyone is well. They are recovering!

On January 6, 2009, during the 2008-2009 Vendée Globe, Vincent Riou, the then the skipper of PRB, rescued Jean Le Cam from his upturned IMOCA 60 which capsized at Cape Horn.

This time 61 year old five times Vendée Globe racer Le Cam has reversed the roles delivering Escoffier, the 40 year old skipper from Saint Malo, from a potentially lethal situation.

The whole TEAM PRB and the Vendée Globe community sincerely thanks Jean Le Cam and the three other skippers, Boris Hermann, Yannick Bestaven and Sébastien Simon who have worked heroically and tirelessly to find Kevin, as well as the race director, the CROSS Gris Nez. and the MRCC Cape Town which coordinated the search



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I get this idea that AT can "render assistance" because it is a cool story line, but facts...

AT is @ 340 nm from the incident.  He is currently (last sched) going at 15 kts with a HP overtaking, bat at best he'll get there by 22 hours and he has only one rudder.

Best case, another IMOCA plucks Keven from the sea dear god hopefully before 22 hours from now (shit load of time in a raft, em I right?)...

Mean time, facts are the same and best moment is that Kevin is reacquired, a boat is working on getting him aboard within the next 6 hours because that is the better story.
Spot on... but it is fascinating to consider how Alex might have prepped for such an eventuality. He's been there, capsized that and entered a life raft and cut the tether in cold waters and big waves... I'd say he's got a plan for most scenarios including rescue at sea.

How would he utilize his cameras.. could the masthead camera be useful or would it just be whipping all over the place? How would he approach a MOB with those foils out the side? 



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Kevin has so far only been seen aboard YesWeCam via live video as Jean Le Cam had his video system connected during all the search operations.
Kevin kept shouting 'clack-clack-clack' thus disappearing and giving the appearance that JLC was on his own and had lost his marbles. 

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