At 01.30 hrs this morning Francis Joyon on Eure & Loire - Lorénove confirmed to the Race Committee that he had capsized. He was 175 miles from Corogne (Cape of Finisterre, Spain). The skipper is alright, he is onboard and has not asked for assistance.
Joyon was sailing close hauled in a very rough sea. He was on a maneuver at the foot of the mast when he was hit by a squall. "The boat was immediately lifted on one float and I rushed to the cockpit, but I did not have time to ease the sheets. The boat capsized in two seconds. At the moment I am hiding in the cockpit and I am trying to empty the boat with water. I will ask assistance from a tow boat. We will arrange all that today. Anyway I will not set off the distress beacon. I will stay on my boat, and I am not in distress and I do not need any further assistance."
Gitana X broke the top of its mast at 18.30 CET Monday night, practically in the middle of the Bay of Biscay. The skipper Lionel Lemonchois is well and on its way to La Trinité Sur Mer, arriving soon this morning.
Lemonchois was sailing with a stay sail and two reefs in the main sail in 25 knots of wind and four metre waves, when approximately 7 metres of the top of the mast broke off.
Belgacom, may well be able to continue on his way rather than heading into port. It would seem that it is not in fact the sail track that has broken but the traveller. Jean-Luc Nélias is currently trying to repair the traveller himself but if he is unable to then he will head in land for a pit-stop with the intention of getting back out to sea as soon as possible.
Jean Le Cam is due to restart the race this afternoon after an incredibly quick patching up of his severed bow after smashing into the upturned Groupama on Sunday night.
Bayer Crop Science will arrive in La Trinité Sur Mer this afternoon - Frederic Le Peutrec is having problems with his auto pilot.
10 multihulls out of 18 are now on their way across the Atlantic. 4 have confirmed their retirement from the race.
Second hard strike for Yannick Bestaven (République Dominicaine). After the incredible recovery, leading his class yesterday, after 6-7 hours of delay at the start (torn main sail), he had to head towards Lorient last night as he heard cracking noises from the keel. He will not arrive to Lorient until this afternoon.
The 50-foot monohull Défi Vendéen is turning back to Sable d'Olonne as he is taking on water.
Ecover and Kingfisher are lying in second and third after Sill in the Imoca Class with Miranda on Un Univers de Services clawing back up into sixth position and Mike Birch on Tir Groupé in tenth place. Hellomoto is hanging on in there in fourth position in the Class 3 monos though not making any headway YET!
Leading boats 07.00 GMT:
ORMA 60' multihulls: Thomas Coville Sodebo and Loick Peyron Fujifilm close behind.
IMOCA 60' monohulls: Roland Jordain Sill Mike Golding Ecover and Ellen MacArthur Kingfisher 13 resp. 24 miles behind the leader
Class 2 50' monohulls: Nick Moloney Ashfield Healthcare
Class 3 40' monohulls: Régis Guillemot Storagetek
Class 2 50' multihulls: Frank Yves Escoffier Crepes Whaou!
ORMA 60' multihulls: Franck Cammas Groupama, Bertrand De Broc Banque Covefi, Lionel Lemonchois Gitana X, Francis Joyon Eure et Loire-Lorenove
IMOCA 60' monohulls: Loick Pochet La Rage de Vivre
Class 2 50' monohulls: Christophe Huchet APIC A3S
Class 3 40' monohulls:
Class 2 50' multihulls: Didier Le Villain Chaleur Fioul Elan, Pascal Quentin E-Sat Tri Séléctif