Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

French multihull solo sailor triggers alarm after capsize off Brazil

by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz on 28 Jan 2014
La Mauricienne - Prince de Bretagne © Marcel Mochet

French multihull sailor, Lionel Lemonchois, has triggered his EPIRB after capsizing the Maxi80 trimaran Prince de Bretagne while attempting to break the Mauriceienne record from Port-Louis in France to Port-Louis in Mauritius.

He was in his 11th day at sea trying to break the record of Francis Joyon, when the trimaran capsized about 800nm of the Brazilian coast at the latitude of Rio de Janeiro. He was sailing in a SE breeze of 16-18kts at the time of the incident.

Initially nothing was heard from the highly experience trans-oceanic sailor.

But after triggering the beacon in the middle of the afternoon, 800 miles off the Brazilian coast on Monday, Lemonchois had a brief telephone contact with his support team that evening. He advised them that his multihull capsized and he was safe inside the central hull after releasing the rig to relieve the boat.

No details of how his rescue will be attempted have been announced.



Zhik Yachting 660x82X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 2T Clewring One Design

Related Articles

Regatta finishes on a high at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
A fresh and cool SSE breeze under clear skies powered the record number of yachts in AHIRW’s 14 divisions 2016 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - A fresh and cool SSE breeze under clear skies powered the record number of yachts in Audi Hamilton Island Race Week’s 14 divisions from the start line in Dent Passage northward yesterday, with most divisions charging off on the 15 nautical mile Molles Islands race.
Posted today at 3:17 am
Audi Hamilton Island RW - Beau Geste takes title with a day to spare
The new format Australian Yachting Championship title concluded on the final windy day of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week The new format Australian Yachting Championship title concluded on the final windy day of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Saturday August 27, and two winners from the 2015 series returned to glory after five days of racing in the Whitsunday islands playground.
Posted on 27 Aug
Championship momentum builds at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Three windward/leewards for the two Rating Series divisions on the eastern course area started out in 10-12knot ESE wind Three windward/leewards for the two Rating Series divisions on the eastern course area started out in 10-12 knot ESE winds under overcast skies and as the day progressed the breeze turned SE and faded to 8-9kts.
Posted on 25 Aug
Reading Australia’s Rio 2016 Sailing Report Card
Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. So Tom Burton's Gold in the Laser, and then Silver for the 470 Men’s sailors, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, London 49er Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and then lastly Nacra 17 first time campaigners, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, was a good result.
Posted on 21 Aug
Winners declared at Airlie Beach Race Week
To cap off the afternoon, the sun vanished, dark skies replaced it and rain appeared, then earth tremor hit Airlie Beach ABRW started with three unbeatable days of sailing under the sun and then conditions became testing for the remainder of the regatta, with even more dismastings, a boat aground and two crew were taken to hospital after being injured by booms in gusty south-easterly winds.
Posted on 18 Aug
Airlie Beach Race Week - Conditions take their toll
Overcast yes, but conditions looked more manageable than yesterday, with winds in 16-20 knot at Airlie Beach Race Week 2016 Airlie Beach Race Week - Overcast yes, but conditions looked more manageable than yesterday, with winds in the 16-20 knot range at the 27th Airlie Beach Race Week today, but low and behold, not everyone got off scot-free.
Posted on 17 Aug
Rio Olympics – Four Medal Races set for Sugarloaf
With very light airs forecast, the prospect of getting today's racing away on time at 1300hrs looks a bit touch and go. It's another warm day with 26 degrees Celsius set for race time. With very light airs forecast from somewhere in the south, the prospect of getting today's racing away on time at 1300 hours looks a bit touch and go.
Posted on 16 Aug
Saxton and Groves bid to end on Rio Olympics high
Saxton and Groves head into the Nacra 17 race refusing to rule out the chance of finishing their Olympics on the podium. Heading into the race, the Brits sit in eighth place overall, with 19 points separating them and Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT), currently in bronze medal position.
Posted on 16 Aug
Rio Olympics – Seven-way fight for gold in RS:X Women
The sun is shining and the weather is going to be a little warmer with temperature of about 24 degrees Celsius expected. The sun is shining and the weather is going to be a little warmer than recent days with a temperature of about 24 degrees Celsius expected. More importantly, a light to moderate south-south-easterly of about nine to 10 knots is expected to kick in around midday, not dissimilar to yesterday.
Posted on 14 Aug
Aussie sailors tracking towards a good result set in Rio Olympics
Tom Burton has been the World Number One Laser sailor for much of the quadrennial, and is now certain of a medal. Tom Burton has been the World Number One Laser sailor for much of the quadrennial, and is now certain of a medal. With an 11, 4 day yesterday, he is only a point behind the leader overall, but 10 points after the discard, so he will need a cracker of a medal race to take Gold in the double-point medal race, which is on Monday (Tuesday 3am AEST).
Posted on 14 Aug