Route du Rhum ravaged
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.
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|
|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||Gitana X||Lionel Lemonchois|
|NL||Rexona Men||Yvan Bourgnon|
|ABD||Banque Covefi||Bertrand deBroc|
|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||La Rage de Vivre||Loïck Pochet|
|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|