An extremely unpleasant fate befell another participant from the ninth edition of the solo competition around the world – Vendée Globe. French skipper Nicolas Trucell, with his CORUM L’Épargne, broke his mast while sailing south about 260 nautical miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, yesterday morning.
Until then, the athlete was seventh in the standings. The message from the press office we received stated that the 46-year-old Trucell was not injured and is in the process of securing the boat before further assessing the situation. At this time in the ranking leads Alex Thompson (HUGO BOSS), followed by Thomas Ruyant (LinkedOut), and in third place is Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!).
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Unfortunately, the race will end for Nicolas Trucell, who is leaving to fix his IMOCA. We publish the information sent to us by the Vendée Globe press center in Les Sables d’Olonne:
“Before daybreak, I was below when I heard a loud noise I rushed out and there was no mast left. And that is the end of the Vendée Globe 2020 adventure. We will have to come back, we will review everything “said the skipper of CORUM L’Epargne in audio sent from the boat, yesterday afternoon. It is desperately and disappointing for Troussel who had been in the match with his new IMOCA since the start of the race, the most recent of the 33 boat fleet was only launched in May this year. On this morning’s 05:00 a.m radio call he sounded upbeat, happy that he was going fast in the speed race to get to the Doldrums, making more than 20kts in gusty conditions. After having cut the rigging off the boat so as not to damage the hull, the skipper from the bay of Morlaix is now heading under engine towards the port of Mindelo in the Cape Verde islands which he should reach in 4 days.500 miles in 24 hours is the record distance so far for this race and it was set by Thomas Ruyant on LinkedOut, which is headed to Doldrums 117 miles behind Alex Thomson (HUGO BOSS). Ruyant is the fastest in the fleet in the last 24 hours and develops an average speed of over 20 knots. Alex Thomson’s 246-hour record of 536.81 nautical miles set in the race in 2017 is sure to fall. The question is whether it will happen in front of the equator?
Between the Canaries and Madeira, 11 IMOCAs are struggling in a high-pressure ridge, an area of light winds. From Arnaud Boissières, 23rd, to Clément Giraud, 31st, it is slow and frustrating “I stopped looking at the rankings four days ago because it was really killing my morale. I don’t want to know where I am, I’ll check again later ” confided Clément Giraud, yesterday morning.870 miles from leader Alex Thomson, who flies in the trade winds, the small group is trying to find its way south. Spaniard Didac Costa has only covered 108 miles in the last 24 hours.On November 8, 33 sailors from England, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, France, Spain, and Japan set sail from Les Sables d’Olonne, on the French coast of Vendée. The Vendée Globe format covers 21,638 miles of solo travel, which will take sailors an average of between 70 and 100 days.
The next edition of the event is expected to take place in 2024.