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A tricky night and some bumps and bruises

As predicted, a front rolled over the Mini Transat EuroChef fleet last night in the middle of the Bay of Biscay, bringing with it an average wind speed of 27-28 knots, gusting to 30, and complicated, cross seas. In these boisterous conditions, besides the dismasting suffered by Franck Lauvray (346 – Alice), several minor issues have affected the fleet


The damage includes a spreader problem for Jean-Marie Jézéquel (951 – FondApro). However, the latter informed the support boats that his mast was safe and he was awaiting daybreak to effect repairs. Pierre Legendre (994 – AKKA) and Lucas Valenza-Trouba (606 – Six Saucisses) have reported automatic pilot issues. Both of them are hoping to find a solution today, which is something that Jean Cruse (910 – Ini Mini Myni Mo) has recently managed to do. Meanwhile Antoine Bos (825 – Rhino) has a problem with his rudder quadrant but is intending to repair it himself. For his part, German sailor Lennart Burke 943 – Vorpommern) has reported that he’s broken his pulpit and has reduced speed. As such, the last few hours have been rather tricky but fortunately the wind is beginning to ease. Better still, the competitors will now be able to switch from upwind conditions to some more downwind points of sail.


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