"The back of the float jumped on the boat when the mast fell"


 
Just landed in Madiera Karine Fauconnier spoke to The Daily Sail about the demolition of her 60ft trimaran
Of the 18 skippers taking part in the trimaran division of the Route du Rhum, Karine Fauconnier, 30, was the lone woman. On Friday morning last Karine's trimaran Sergio Tacchini was midway between Spain and the Azores among the more southerly boats. "I was in 40 knots," Karine recalled when she spoke to The Daily Sail from Madeira. "With Alain Gautier even more south. I went through the first gale and I was having 35-40 knots with a big, big swell coming from the north-northwest. So I put up the storm jib and the mast to be very cool and get through the gale. The wind was on the beam, 90degrees. So the first 36 hours with the storm sail only was quite good – it was easy and I was saying to myself that maybe I was a little bit underpowered, because I think it would have made it [with more sail]. She felt safe in those circumstances. "It was okay, because I didn’t have to steer. Nothing could happen with the storm sail. I was sleeping alright. After I had 24 hours left and I had to take a good rest because I had three battens in the mainsail to repair. So I had to get all my energy back to do that. So I was resting and doing lots of sleep and in the early morning I heard a big noise. I looked through the window and there was a hole in the float." After this events turned rotten very quickly. The weather float had broken in the middle between the beams. Karine estimates it took 5 seconds for the force of the rig on the shroud to break the aft starboard beam bringing the aft part of the float careering towards her as the mast toppled over the

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