B&Q is currently just a handful of miles away from two of the Vendee Globe (solo race around world) boats, TEMENOS (Dom WAVRE,fourth) and VMI (Seb JOSSE,fifth). Ellen spoke to Seb a few weeks ago, as they wished each other luck, and Dom and Ellen competed against each other in the last, 2000-1 edition, of the Vendee Globe. These two guys have been fighting it out neck and neck since Cape Horn, on their way to the finish in Les Sables.
At 09:31 GMT Ellen reported hard disk failure on her main navigation computer. It's pretty extraordinary that the Sony VAIO laptops that power the info systems onboard B&Q have survived 70 days without a glitch, despite continual pounding way beyond their spec...but last night's storm was the last straw for one of the two hard disks. At 0750 Charles DARBYSHIRE, OC's Technology Manager, received a 'stressed' call to report nav machine had totally failed. Just seven minutes later, she had replaced the hard disk with a mirrored backup unit,and was up and running again...preparation counts!