Route du Rhum ravaged

Another capsize and more retirements as storm force winds batter the fleet

Wednesday November 13th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
This report will be updated as and when we get more news...

STOP PRESS: Loick Peyron's Fujicolor is heading for port with damage. She was lying in third place at the time. Peyron diverted to go to standby Rexona Men following her capsize and may have been damaged sailing upwind into such severe conditions.

STOP PRESS: Jean-Pierre Dick's Open 60 Virbac (formerly the Vendee Globe winner PRB ) dismasted last night. At 0700 GMT was around 200 miles off Coruna (North West Spain) Dick is alright and sorting the boat out.

Thomas Coville on Sodebo was stuck in a fishing net last light, but is on route again. "It stopped me abruptly - I put my head lamp and harness on and the knife ready to jump in and cut it off, when suddenly a gust of wind hit the boat. The boat shot off in full speed and I rushed to the pilot"

At 06.10GMT this morning Yvan Bourgnon’s 60’ trimaran Rexona Men capsized in the North Atlantic off the Spanish coast. At the 03.00 GMT position report Bourgnon was 215 miles west of Vigo (42°30.68’ N / 13°33.64’W).

Bourgnon was sailing without the main sail and only the storm jib up. The wind was at the incredible speed of 75 knots and Bourgnon was inside the boat in communication with his router at the time. This is when an even stronger gust, estimated at more than 80 knots, lifted the boat and turned it over. He immediately set off the distress beacon and contacted his shore crew by the Iridium telephone.

Yvan Bourgnon has decided to stay onboard, he is well and is in control of the situation. He has 10 days of food supply, and is not asking for rescue.

Bourgnon set off the Inmarsat B+ beacon (which enables the locating of an overturned boat). His shore crew is organising the rescue services.


Update:

The night has been rough on the entire fleet, who are stuck between systems in constantly shifting wind and squalls up to 50/55 knots. The competitors have eagerly been waiting for a wind shift to the north-west, easing the tension of constantly banging against the wind, and offering a more direct course to the Azores. The 07.00 GMT position report indicates that the boats further west have already got the shift, and will start to accelerate.

Last night Mike Golding on Ecover has taken the lead of the Open 60 fleet, although Sill is on a more southern latitude heading towards west. In third place Ellen MacArthur on board Kingfisher has been experiencing problems with her electronics that have affected her autopilot system. These have only partially been resolved.

Thomas Coville Sodebo is back in first place of the multihulls, further north-west than second Loick Peyron on Fujifilm. Sodebo has already got the windshift from north-west and is starting to speed up (15 knots at 07.00 GMT). Yvan Bourgnon Rexona Men (non localised on the 07.00 GMT position report) is very close to leeward to Fujifilm and on a similar course. They were both on a southerly course, but tacked west last night, and will soon get the wind shift.

The small class 2 trimaran Archipel Guadeloupe (Claude Thélier) is continuing his brave route diving south, and is the most southerly boat in the fleet.

At 00H30 GMT Swiss Open 60 skipper Dominique Wavre on Temenos announced his abandon to the Race Committee. His jib exploded to bits and pieces. It is more than 300 miles to the Spanish coast and Wavre decided it will be too late to get back in the game. The disappointed Swiss does not want to continue without this important sail. “I entered this course with ambitions and with the will to battle”. This is the first time Wavre has abandoned a yacht race in his entire sailing career.

See page two for the latest weather charts

Positions 13/11/02 07:00:00 GMT
Positions Name Skipper Lat Long DTF SOG COG
60ft tris
1 Sodebo Thomas Coville 44 12.80' N 15 03.40' W 2936.8 15 235
2 Fujifilm Loick Peyron 42 34.04' N 14 10.40' W 2939.1 7.1 341
3 Foncia Alain Gautier 43 28.80' N 13 59.96' W 2964.4 6.8 259
4 Banque Populaire Lalou Roucayrol 46 55.68' N 13 53.88' W 3042.4 11.8 228
5 Géant Michel Desjoyeaux 45 09.08' N 12 49.72' W 3045.6 9.3 234
6 Biscuits La Trinitaine - Ethypharm Marc Guillemot 45 30.04' N 12 39.56' W 3059.4 3.8 293
7 Sergio Tacchini Karine Fauconnier 44 43.48' N 12 12.52' W 3061.9 1.7 297
8 Sopra Group Philippe Monnet 42 46.72' N 10 33.88' W 3099.9 6.2 108
9 TechnoMarine Steve Ravussin 47 19.20' N 11 49.62' W 3121.7 7.4 192
10 Bonduelle Jean Le Cam 48 16.84' N 4 35.36' W 3424.9 0 0
11 Belgacom Jean-Luc Nélias 47 53.88' N 3 58.62' W 3442.9 0 0
12 Bayer CropSciences Frederic Le Peutrec 47 21.00' N 3 08.94' W 3467.8 0 146
ABD TIM Giovanni Soldini          
ABD Gitana X Lionel Lemonchois          
NL Rexona Men Yvan Bourgnon          
ABD Groupama Franck Cammas          
ABD Eure&Loir-Lorénove Francis Joyon          
ABD Banque Covefi Bertrand deBroc          
Open 60s
1 Ecover Mike Golding 44 35.00' N 15 43.52' W 2908.1 10.4 239
2 Sill Roland Jourdain 42 53.80' N 14 51.72' W 2918.3 10.8 173
3 Kingfisher Ellen McArthur 45 12.80' N 15 47.44' W 2930.2 14.1 251
4 Arcelor-Dunkerque Joé Seten 46 49.20' N 14 06.60' W 3036.1 10 216
5 60ème Sud Didier Munduteguy 45 51.84' N 13 14.76' W 3044 3.7 208
6 Temenos Dominique Wavre 45 30.24' N 12 38.32' W 3058.2 4.4 54
7 Virbac Jean Pierre Dick 43 51.36' N 11 45.04' W 3066 5 215
8 L'Heautontimoroumenos Antoine Koch 45 21.68' N 11 58.64' W 3072.9 8.1 193
9 Un Univers de Services Miranda Merron 46 33.72' N 12 42.18' W 3079.2 4 185
10 Garnier Belgium Patrick De Radiguès 42 41.08' N 10 29.56' W 3098.3 5.5 297
11 Tir Groupé-Montres Yéma Mike Birch 43 55.96' N 10 12.08' W 3127.8 3.3 80
12 Dinan Pays d'Entreprises Frédéric Lescot 44 32.12' N 9 53.80' W 3152.4 7 271
13 Ciments St Laurent-Ocean Georges Leblanc 44 35.92' N 7 40.00' W 3246.1 3.4 129
ABD VMI Sébastien Josse          
ABD La Rage de Vivre Loïck Pochet          
NL Leasecom Elie Canivenc          
NL Millimages-Gédéon Patrick Favre          
Class 1 monos
1 Ville de Dinard Bruno Reibel 47 02.36' N 9 15.84' W 3222.7 1.5 267
ABD Un Autre Regard Ensemble pour l'UNHCR Nicolas  Peitrequin          
Class 2 monos
1 Ashfield Healthcare Nick Moloney 47 33.36' N 13 00.16' W 3090.3 8.1 226
2 Florys Luc Coquelin 46 09.28' N 11 32.64' W 3116.6 2.5 190
3 Mille Visages Hervé Vachée 45 09.36' N 10 23.72' W 3143.1 5.9 256
4 Branec III Roger Langevin 48 44.92' N 12 03.20' W 3152.3 8 328
5 Adecco Etoile Horizon Bob Escoffier 46 00.08' N 9 30.68' W 3193.9 4.4 269
6 Laiterie St Malo Clément Surtel 49 12.76' N 10 41.80' W 3212.2 6.7 187
7 République Dominicaine Yannick Bestaven 47 43.20' N 3 22.04' W 3464.2 0 0
8 Défi Vendéen J. F. Durand 46 55.14' N 3 00.66' W 3475.9 11.9 122
ABD Apic A3S Christophe Huchet          
Class 3 monos
1 Storagetek Regis Guillemot 47 03.78' N 12 29.76' W 3098.4 6 335
2 Passion Entreprendre Jérôme Thiriez 47 18.00' N 10 22.48' W 3184.4 0.8 81
3 Grain de Soleil Etienne Svilarich 49 19.48' N 11 32.52' W 3185.4 6.4 310
4 Hellomoto Conrad Humphreys 47 48.18' N 7 12.18' W 3313.8 6.1 290
5 Fantasy-Forest Alain Grinda 48 43.14' N 3 57.96' W 3455.6 0 0
Multihulls - class 2
1 Crepes Whaou! F. Y. Escofier 44 54.40' N 15 13.76' W 2945.2 12.8 228
2 Yachting-casino.com Anne Cazeneuve 45 13.12' N 12 31.84' W 3058.8 2.7 213
3 Vaincre la mucoviscidose Hervé Cleris 43 45.72' N 11 31.20' W 3071.5 1.9 336
4 Archipel Guadeloupe Claude Thelier 41 30.20' N 9 53.08' W 3103.9 2.9 58
5 Lehning-Lapeyre-Blanchet-Gourbeyre P.Y. Guennec 44 58.28' N 7 33.32' W 3255.5 2.2 290
6 Groupe France Epargne Patrick Morvan 48 44.34' N 4 00.48' W 3454.3 0.1 90
ABD E-Sat Tri Sélectif Pascal Quintin          
ABD Chaleur Fioul Elan Didier Levillain          

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