07 January 2013

Stamm Collides With UFO - Vendée Globe 2012-2013 (video)

Highlights video of the 58th day of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe - Sunday, January 6, 2013 - new problems for Bernard Stamm on Cheminée Poujoulat. He has hit an unidentified object. In the meantime, François Gabart has increased his lead over Armel Le Cleach. The Vendée Globe is a singlehanded race around the world without assistance.

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Stamm Collides With UFO - Vendée Globe 2012-2013: "On Sunday morning, around 3.30AM (French time), Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) informed his shore crew he had hit an unidentified floating object, which ripped off his port side hydrogenerator. His second hydrogenerator is also broken and is not charging. Due to previous energy-related issues, he no longer has sufficient fuel onboard. Stamm informed his team he was shutting down all energy-consuming devices to conserve what little energy he had remaining for the autopilot. Stamm was 1060 miles away from Cape Horn at 7.30AM (French time). Cheminées Poujoulat Sailing Team are currently examining all available solutions, such as, finding a sheltered area where Stamm could consider re-fuelling as the current situation jeopardises the yacht’s safety."

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