Whilst leading the IMOCA Open 60 Class of the Transat Jacques Vabre two handed race from Le Harvre to Itajai, Brasil MACIF was dismasted around 0000hrs UTC on Wednesday (into Thursday) night whilst sailing some 140 miles from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. French co-skippers Francois Gabart and Michel Desjoyeaux immediately informed Race Direction so they could warn shipping in the area in order that could avoid colliding with MACIF. Both sailors are reported to be safe and sound and have secured the boat by cutting away the rig. They are headiing towards Salvador de Bahia. Further information will be disseminated when it becomes available.....Vincent Riou, racing with Jean Le Cam on second placed PRB, was just 11 miles away when MACIF’s rig came tumbling down.
Originally Posted by robelz
As you say, there is something wrong. MACIF is dismasted...
That is really hard for them and sad for the race. Maybe they had already problems on the rig and that's why they were losing so much for Riou.
It seems that Riou will have no problem for winning the race even if Marc has recovered 25Nm in one day and is now second at 61Nm. It will be very dificult if not impossible to recover that distance till the finish line.
On 40class the Spanish team in 3rd continues to be the fastest boat (24h) winning over the 2nd (Riechers) and 1st (Rogues). Riechers is also winning on Rogues and is now at only 22nm while the 3th is at only 19nm from him. But the worst of the doldrums is still ahead and it looks really bad for all with a big area almost without wind on their course. Right now on the last 2 hours the fastest boat is the leader with a small margin to the 3th.
It will be really interesting to see how they will manage the pot au noir and in what position they will come out of it.
On the mini transat also very light winds for now and for many hours ahead. It will be very interesting because it is just in very light winds that Pedote's bow tube racer will be at a disadvantage face to more conventional boats. In fact while he had good pressure he was able to go away but now he is about 2.5K slower than the one that is in second, Benoit Marie (at 26nm). It will be very interesting to see how to compare the performance of the two boats in light wind.