Race leader disaster
Ravussin was in the interior of the boat when a fierce squall lifted the boat. The leeward bow crashed into a bigger wave than the others. Ravussin tried to ease the sheets and let go of the sails, but in vain the boat flipped over.
“I had less than 15 knots of wind, under gennaker and one reef when I went to have a rest. I was woken when I felt the boat accelerate in a squall. I pulled out the gennaker sheet which I had lead down below, but it was too late. The floats had already ploughed in. With the inertia of the mast, everything was going very quickly. The boat capsized stern over bow. As this moment I was on the point of getting out of the cockpit and I suddenly found myself with my head under water but protected by the hood.
"In the interior of the boat, everything is in a jumble. I immediately set my batteries on to charge for my Iridium telephone (…) It’s really sad and I am thinking about all those who have supported and helped me in this adventure. When everything is reduced to nothingness you have to ask yourself if you would do the same thing tomorrow”.
TechnoMarine-Match TV (originally Alain Gautier's Brocéliande and later Foncia), lost its starboard foil a few days earlier, which enabled the leeward float (the float on pressure) to lift higher, and not dive in the waves.
Stève Ravussin is safe and sound onboard his boat. His shore crew is currently organising a rescue operation for him and his boat.
Géant is now leading the three remaining 60-foot trimarans, 1401 miles to go to the finish. Michel Desjoyeaux was not happy to hear the sad news this morning, “The stress is just as high as the first week. We know perfectly well that with these boats and 500 square metre sail cloth, anything is possible.“
Lalou Roucayrol on Banque Populaire has suffered long frustrating days stuck in the anticyclone, but has finally almost reached the trade winds. He was exactly 1000 miles behind Géant at 0700 GMT.
Ellen MacArthur is once again widening the gap between Kingfisher and Ecover. At 0700 GMT she was 63 miles in front, 905 miles from the finish, and the closest boat to the finish line!
During the night Mike Golding’s second and last spinnaker (first one ripped) got twisted up and Golding will have to climb the top of the mast during the day to try and recuperate it. Mike Golding will be seriously handicapped if he cannot recuperate his spinnaker.
Joé Seeten on Arcelor-Dunquerque is still third of the IMOCA monohulls, Roland Jourdain on Sill is 109 miles behind.
Australian Nick Moloney on Ashfield Healthcare is still leading the 50-foot monohull fleet with Luc Coquelin on Florys 77 miles behind.
|Positions 20/11/02 07:00:00 GMT|
|1||Géant||Michel Desjoyeaux||26 00.00' N||39 33.00' W||1401.3||18.2||288|
|2||Banque Populaire||Lalou Roucayrol||30 12.32' N||40 00.80' W||1500.9||2.6||236|
|3||Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm||Marc Guillemot||25 29.72' N||35 02.20' W||1629.3||18.1||201|
|ABD||Banque Covefi||Bertrand deBroc|
|ABD||Sergio Tacchini||Karine Fauconnier|
|ABD||Sopra Group||Philippe Monnet|
|ABD||Bayer CropSciences||Frederic Le Peutrec|
|ABD||Rexona Men||Yvan Bourgnon|
|ABD||Gitana X||Lionel Lemonchois|
|ABD||Bonduelle||Jean Le Cam|
|1||Kingfisher||Ellen McArthur||24 07.80' N||48 54.32' W||905.4||13.6||239|
|2||Ecover||Mike Golding||24 12.20' N||47 36.04' W||968.3||10.1||248|
|3||Arcelor-Dunkerque||Joé Seten||25 03.56' N||39 22.28' W||1397.5||13.2||240|
|4||Sill||Roland Jourdain||24 38.56' N||37 06.00' W||1507.3||12.1||267|
|5||L'Heautontimoroumenos||Antoine Koch||24 58.08' N||31 26.08' W||1707.2||12.6||272|
|6||60ème Sud||Didier Munduteguy||27 37.44' N||33 10.16' W||1762.6||4.8||197|
|7||Garnier Belgium||Patrick De Radiguès||21 46.96' N||30 59.52' W||1792.4||12.4||270|
|8||Millimages-Gédéon||Patrick Favre||29 40.00' N||29 31.00' W||1979.9||6.2||231|
|9||Un Univers de Services||Miranda Merron||24 34.68' N||27 44.76' W||1992.5||7.5||223|
|10||Tir Groupé-Montres Yéma||Mike Birch||27 13.08' N||27 40.88' W||2037.8||7.2||262|
|11||Dinan Pays d'Entreprises||Frédéric Lescot||29 25.96' N||26 26.00' W||2134||8.1||236|
|12||Ciments St Laurent-Ocean||Georges Leblanc||29 43.48' N||24 47.28' W||2221.5||7.6||232|
|13||Leasecom||Elie Canivenc||42 35.84' N||8 46.28' W||3168.3||0||0|
|ABD||Virbac||Jean Pierre Dick|
|ABD||La Rage de Vivre||Loïck Pochet|
|Class 1 monos|
|1||Ville de Dinard||Bruno Reibel||35 53.96' N||25 17.68' W||2314.4||7||214|
|ABD||Un Autre Regard Ensemble pour l'UNHCR||Nicolas Peitrequin|
|Class 2 monos|
|1||Ashfield Healthcare||Nick Moloney||27 44.48' N||32 07.40' W||1817.8||8.2||235|
|2||Florys||Luc Coquelin||28 48.08' N||30 58.76' W||1894.9||8.8||228|
|3||Branec III||Roger Langevin||30 22.56' N||30 58.96' W||1926.1||8.6||215|
|4||Mille Visages||Hervé Vachée||29 44.44' N||30 04.20' W||1957.7||6.9||175|
|5||Laiterie St Malo||Clément Surtel||30 08.12' N||28 02.84' W||2061.4||8||227|
|6||Adecco Etoile Horizon||Bob Escoffier||30 57.44' N||19 36.76' W||2499.2||7.8||233|
|ABD||Apic A3S||Christophe Huchet|
|ABD||République Dominicaine||Yannick Bestaven|
|ABD||Défi Vendéen||J. F. Durand|
|Class 3 monos|
|1||Storagetek||Regis Guillemot||30 49.86' N||31 13.44' W||1916.8||7.9||226|
|2||Passion Entreprendre||Jérôme Thiriez||32 25.40' N||26 15.84' W||2195.1||7.6||226|
|3||Grain de Soleil||Etienne Svilarich||37 10.40' N||25 47.96' W||2322.6||7.2||196|
|4||Fantasy-Forest||Alain Grinda||46 33.72' N||4 29.28' W||3403.5||4.4||149|
|Class 2 multis|
|1||Crepes Whaou!||F. Y. Escofier||25 10.04' N||41 24.92' W||1306.4||10.2||246|
|2||Yachting-casino.com||Anne Cazeneuve||27 09.54' N||36 18.30' W||1595.7||9.1||211|
|3||Archipel Guadeloupe||Claude Thelier||27 27.96' N||30 30.36' W||1895.3||6.5||267|
|4||Vaincre la mucoviscidose||Hervé Cleris||26 55.26' N||29 42.48' W||1906.2||11||253|
|5||Lehning-Lapeyre-Blanchet-Gourbeyre||P.Y. Guennec||31 00.64' N||25 12.76' W||2226.6||6.6||232|
|ABD||E-Sat Tri Sélectif||Pascal Quintin|
|ABD||Groupe France Epargne||Patrick Morvan|
|ABD||Chaleur Fioul Elan||Didier Levillain|