Sad news for Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux overnight with the dismasting of MACIF
The complexion of the Transat Jacques Vabre's IMOCA 60 race has changed overnight with the sad dismasting of Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux's leader, MACIF.
While leading the Transat Jacques Vabre's IMOCA Class, MACIF was dismasted around 0000hrs UTC on last night, while lying some 140 miles from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
As the Mini Transat sailors choose their route across the Atlantic, so 12 boats remain in Lanzarote where their skippers continue to finish repairs before returning to the race course.
A notable compression of the fleet is under way in the Transat Jacques Vabre’s Class40 fleet and now nine boats at the top are expected to squeeze up as they get into the Doldrums.
After a busy and intense year 2013, Figaro sailors are already looking forward to their schedule for the 2014 Figaro Bénéteau season.
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, both MOD70s are now safely berthed in Itajaí with Edmond de Rothschild taking honours yesterday afternoon (local time).
There's a grand parade going on in front of Puerto Calero. One after the other, the Minis speed along the coast of Lanzarote before making their final choice of route through the Canary Islands.
Finishing into Itajaí in the south of Brasil at 15:03:57 local, (17:03:57 UTC) on a humid, overcast afternoon, Sebastien Josse and Charles Caudrelier on MOD70 Edmond de Rothschild w
There's just 150 miles left to sail for Seb Josse and Charles Caudrelier's Edmond de Rothschild that is leading the Transat Jacques Vabre charge into Itajaì.