Groupe Bel hit by a trawler
Kito de Pavant's Groupe Bel was struck this morning by a trawler off the coast of Portugal. The damage is significant but de Pavant is safe and he now heading for the Portuguese port of Cascais.
The collision occurred 70 miles north of Cascais, at around at 08:00 UTC. According to the first details provided by de Pavant and the Groupe Bel team, the damage is important including a broken bowsprit and a broken port deck spreader
De Pavant has since managed to secure Groupe Bel's mast. According to the skipper from Port-Camargue, the trawler had not activated her AIS, the system that allows ships to identified at all times.
Groupe Bel is currently heading towards Cascais with two reefs in hermainsail at a speed of 9 knots. There is currently 20 knots of wind with a WNW swell of 2.5m.