No risk no gain

We speak to Groupama skipper Franck Cammas about his capsize and the demolition of the 60ft trimaran fleet
Transat Jacques Vabre winner, one of France's most capped trimaran skippers despite his tender 29 years, the youngest trimaran skipper in the Route du Rhum, Franck Cammas was one of The Daily Sail's race favourites for line honours. However disaster struck when at 1930 GMT on the first night at sea, his trimaran Groupama capsized. "We were sailing in 17 knots of wind under one reef and staysail," Cammas told The Daily Sail. "I didn’t have a great deal of sail up. Before the capsize, we weren't sailing on one hull." At the time Cammas was outside in the cockpit, crouched behind the canopy. When the boat nosedived Cammas lunged for the traveller, but was too late and before he knew it found himself dangling from the traveller with the boat slowly inverting as her mast snapped. The situation was scary for Cammas - his capsized tri at the time was close to the shipping lanes to the north of Roscoff and it was night time. So it was by some massive ill fortune or good fate - depending upon which way you look at it - that it was not a ship that ran into Groupama, but a fellow 60ft trimaran in the form of Jean le Cam's Bonduelle, which wiped out Groupama's starboard bow through a collision. Cammas remained with the boat - or risk losing it to a salvage claim - and the next morning his shorecrew arrived to mount the rescue operation. Their first job was to cut away the rig and then to stablise the starboard hull to try and prevent more water coming in. She was then towed into Roscoff where later that day she was righted. Cammas says that in the case of him and Francis Joyon, they were simply unlucky as they capsized in