On a cool, gray November afternoon, attracted and disappointed, Jeremy Bayo was touched by the size and warmth of the welcome on his early return to Les Sables d’Olonne with his damaged Charal.
He was forced to go back 600 miles back to the starting port after his IMOCA was damaged on the third day of the race. Hundreds of local fans came to see the 44-year-old skipper and his return to the famous channel. Short, carefully prepared, remote gathering with selected media, Beyo replied that he wanted to return to the race if the damage to his boat could be repaired 100%.
“If technically this can be done, the plan is to go. That is the goal,” said the French skipper. Emphasizing the urgency of preparing the boat as quickly as possible, a diver was prepared in the water, while IMOCA jumped to assess the underwater surfaces after the impact of a floating object, the cockpit was quickly covered, to facilitate the composite repair and the damaged handlebar was quickly removed.
“I am convinced that we will try to fix it, but the devil is in the details. I see that everyone is here. Designers, builders, all experts, and the team on the shore will cooperate and we will know within 24 hours. Then we will take a decision. ” The starting line closes on Wednesday, November 18 at 15:20p.m, ten days after the start of the race. Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!) took the lead, the distance is 21 nautical miles from Alex Thomson (HUGO BOSS).The two move in the direction of Ne’ly’s trade winds. Farthest west is Charlie Dalin (Apivia) he is the first who moves, followed by Thomas Rouen (LinkedOut) and Kevin Escoffier (PRB). 150 miles southeast of them, Le Cam and Thomson move looking for a more auspicious one angle and more wind, hence a slightly more direct course. In the middle of the afternoon, Kojiro Shiraishi’s DMG Mori Global One team reported a rip at the top of the Japanese skipper’s mainsail and damaged battens. After a gybe to exit the Theta depression, Shiraishi, 19th at 3 pm, suffered an autopilot malfunction. During a 3rd gybe, his mainsail tore above the 2nd batten. His team commented:
“The skipper is not injured and the boat is not in danger. We will be offering different solutions to repair the mainsail and continue the race.”
1. Jean Le Cam – Yes We Cam! at 22 847 miles to the finish
2. Alex Thomson – HUGO BOSS at 21,5 miles to leader
3. Benjamin Dutreux – OMIA – Water Family at 26,4 miles to leader
4. Kevin Escoffier – PRB at 73,2 miles to leader
5. Damien Seguin – Groupe APICIL at 75,2 miles to leader