Virbac Paprec 3 to make pitstop too
Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron are to join Foncia in making a technical pitstop in Brasil to repair their main sheet track on Virbac-Paprec 3.
A length of around 2.50 metres of the track is reported to have been lifting away from the deck.
Virbac-Paprec 3 is sailing currently off the coast of Brasil in southeasterly winds of 15 knots under full main and solent headsail.
The duo lead the race by approximately 50 miles from Foncia, Michel Desjoyeaux and Francois Gabart, who are also preparing for a stop in or near Récife, sometime on Friday night.
Dick and Peyron have made the decision to head for Récife, Brasil currently 434 miles to their SW, to repair the track. The duo are expecting to arrive in the Brasilian port in around 48 hours (ie Saturday) where their technical team will be waiting for them.
Jean-Pierre Dick commented: “I was outside when it happened. Loïck was sleeping. The mainsail track came away for 2.5 m. We can’t really trim the mainsail. It happened in the conditions which were bizarrely benign. There was a little choppy, 14-15 knots, nothing exceptional. It was an otherwise nondescript afternoon. There was not even great pressure on the track, we were under full mainsail and Solent. I don’t really know exactly what happened. We will head for Récife to repair it. It is better to have it happen, than in the South!”