Photo: JL Morizur

Coville eyes second start on Monday

Sodebo back in port ready for the off again

Sunday November 17th 2013, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

Four days after Thomas Coville and Sodebo departed from Ushant to try to beat Francis Joyon's solo non-stop around the world record, the red maxi-trimaran returned to Brest on Saturday, at 1500. On Wednesday Sodebo damaged her pulpit and Coville decided to abandon the attempt for safety reasons.

After just 28 hours at sea, Sodebo turned her bows back towards Brittany and soon after arriving, Coville is preparing to leave once again . A favorable weather window window has opened, suggesting a possible start on Monday evening. And so, the race against the clock for the Sodeboys (Coville's shore team) began. Today the Irens-Cabaret designed trimaran is back up to 100% of its potential, ready to return to the race course.

The most tedious part of attempting records is waiting for a suitable weather window, but Coville says he knew the risks when he turned back. "When the pulpit broke on the second day, I wondered with if my router would be able to find a restart date. Since we were only at Cape Finisterre, the decision to return seemed a good one. Starting early in the season also helps to manage these risks."

If weather opportunity is confirmed, Coville's homecoming could be short-lived. The routing team, led by Jean-Luc Nelias observes a new window opening on Monday. "It could be from 1800 in the evening," says Coville. "The weather looks favorable. Leaving Ushant and crossing the Bay of Biscay would be even more aggressive. But I'm on form and I want to do it again right away to stay in the action. "

The trimaran was barely tied up when the Sodeboys descends on the big tri like an F1 team to remove the collateral damage.


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