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Javier Sanso was picked up at the middle of a black night by a Portuguese Navy hellicopter.
He is well and don't know quite well what happened. He heard a big noise, the boat heeled violently he was thrown overboard, the boat capsized (but not sink). He swam to the boat, pulled (from the water) the liferaft and released a mayday. He was rescued some hours later. That explains why he could not contact the organization.
Le récit de Javier Sansó - Vendée Globe 2012-2013
They are going to recover the boat. I bet that was another keel that was gone. Definitively they have to go top that solution proposed by almost all the designers regarding all boasts having the same keel, as a way to rapidly improve the reliability of the system.
Curiously it was not what the boat had of innovative that failed: The Acciona was the only boat that was making the race using only renewable energies and it seemed that it was doing quite well regarding that. It is possible that on the next edition all boats will be like that or at least there are some competitors interested in that. It was to be a rule for all otherwise the boats that use the system would be penalized by extra weight.
That would be very important as a research field for systems that would be suitable for cruising boats also.
Last edited by PCP; 02-04-2013 at 07:52 AM.