Capsizes and Damage to 5 boats on Day 1 Transat Jacques Vabre in the Bay of Biscay. (Published on Oct 27, 2015): 40 knots of wind and 6-7 metre waves play havoc with the fleet in the 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre. Five of the "top contenders' had to retire from the race after either capsizing or experiencing damage in the wild conditions. They were Edmond de Rothschild, Safran, Maitre CoQ, Prince de Bretagne and Team Concise.
Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 : Le Havre - Itajai | October 2015 | Take to the seas and act for the planet: Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 : Le Havre, France to Itajai, Brazil - 5400 miles
Different Strokes | Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 : Le Havre - Itajai | Octobre 27 2015: "While a high pressure ridge threatens to slow the Ultime’s positive progress south, the good news for the highly competitive IMOCA class is that the leaders have reached the awaited windshift which has allowed them to point their bows south west, out of the worst of a low pressure and at least in the direction of the finish line some 4800 miles away in Itajaí. But for the Class 40s and some of the later IMOCAs a new low pressure is the next big threat. 35 of the entry of 42 boats are still heading for Itajaí. Lemonchois and Bilou Rescued Lionel Lemonchois and Roland Jourdain whose Ultime multi Prince de Bretagne capsized just after 1900hrs UTC Monday night, 140 miles NW of La Coruna resisted the option of activating their distress beacon and seeking outside assistance for as long as possible. But with 30kts winds this afternoon and four metres waves and the prospect of 40kts tomorrow Wednesday they triggered their beacon this afternoon around 1520hrs UTC. They consulted with their partners and shore team, keeping up to date with Transat Jacques Vabre Race Direction, and in the end the skippers safety is the main priority. CROSS Gris Nez and MRCC Madrid successfully coordinated their evacuation and by 1700hrs UTC the duo were in a helicopter. Safran, Edmond de Rothschild IMOCA problems, Team Concise out in Class 40 ..." read more at link above
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