sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Vendee Globe - Emotions high as Stamm collides with UFO + Video
Vendee Globe - Emotions high as Stamm collides with UFO + Video

'Cheminees Poujoulat - 2012 Vendee Globe'    Vincent Curutchet / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©

In the Vendee Globe, on Sunday morning, around 3.30AM (French time), Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) informed his shore crew he had hit an unidentified floating object, which ripped off his port side hydrogenerator. His second hydrogenerator is also broken and is not charging.

Due to previous energy-related issues, he no longer has sufficient fuel onboard. Stamm informed his team he was shutting down all energy-consuming devices to conserve what little energy he had remaining for the autopilot. Stamm was 1060 miles away from Cape Horn at 7.30AM (French time).

Cheminées Poujoulat Sailing Team are currently examining all available solutions, such as, finding a sheltered area where Stamm could consider re-fuelling as the current situation jeopardises the yacht’s safety.

There are possible shelters located after the Cape Horn. The weather conditions are tough with changeable winds, rough sea and cold temperatures. Ice has also been detected in the area.

Bernard Stamm requires electrical energy onboard to power:

- The autopilot, a capital tool when sailing solo
- Water maker (The team has no idea how much water he has left)
- Reception of weather files (the current conditions are difficult) and ice data (ice has been detected in the area)
- The central navigation computer showing wind direction and speed, boat data (speed, heading, position) and maps
- Position lights
- The AIS showing marine traffic
- The radar
- Moving the keel
- The VHF
- Communication
- The mini-lab

On the French web TV show Vendée Globe LIVE today, Régis Rassouli from the sailing team of Cheminées Poujoulat confirmed the situation was very worrying.


Replay : Le live du Vendée Globe du 6 janvier by VendeeGlobeTV

'We’ve been in touch with Bernard, he told us he had to shut down everything because there is very little fuel left on board.

He was a little bit more than 1,000 miles away from the Horn when it happened. The weather is bad, there is ice in the area, it’s a very tricky situation. So we’re working on several possibilities to find a shelter or get additional fuel. We’re checking the weather and it’s stressful because we know Bernard has no way to receive weather data any more. The boat and Bernard’s safety are clearly jeopardized.'

Jean Le Cam (SynerCiel) is leading the charge to Cape Horn and is expected to round the mythical landmark tomorrow with his sights clearly set on an easier passage. He is weary of the turbulent conditions that the Pacific Ocean is thrashing at the fleet. After a day of hard sailing, he managed to gybe, and in the night, he approached the centre of the depression and the wind eased enough for him to sleep deeply. This lost him some ground but today, he reported that in his dreams he dreamt of steak, chips and some blue cheese.

Just behind him Mike Golding (Gamesa) was rudely awoken by a 42 knot gale that knocked his boat down. Today, on the English version of Vendée Globe LIVE he explained, 'I'm in very difficult conditions. It was a pretty scary early morning. I woke up, couldn't even get my foulies on and had 42 knots and ended up with the pilot wiping me out. I ended up in my skiddies [underwear] in the freezing cold, absolutely soaked. Not a good wake call.'

Mike Golding, Gamesa - 2012 Vendee Globe -  Mike Golding Yacht Racing ©  

It’s hard knocks like these that skippers must question the sanity of their choices. Golding is around 6 hours behind Le Cam at the Cape but they will have to traverse their way through fields of floating ice. 'I think there are lots of easier ways to make a living, less stressful and less uncomfortable and probably get paid more! But nonetheless, this is what we choose to do and obviously, with Cape Horn approaching, that is one of the high points of the Vendée Globe for the sailors. You say it is a high point, but also a point in the race that is filled with stress. I don't know why, but I am feeling more stressed about this rounding than I have about previous roundings. It is not really the weather is particularly horrendous at the Horn, it is probably the ice that has got the spooks on me. We know way too much. I am sure there was ice around Cape Horn in 1994 when I was going round single handed on the Challenge Yacht on the wrong way record, I am sure there was ice all over, but I was blissfully unaware.'

The loneliness of the long distance sailor was echoed today, in the pensive tones of Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3). 'We get to experience very emotional moments on board in a race like this. I sometimes cry, thinking of someone. So relaxing moments are very welcome, they make us feel better. I wasn’t sure it was a good idea to send you the video of me listening to music and getting all carried away, because that was a personal thing, but at least I can share it with you, and you see what things are like for us sometimes.'

Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) is only 226 miles behind the leading duo is benefitting from better weather conditions and gaining ground. The duelling duo could very well become trio at this rate if Jean-Pierre Dick’s progress continues fruitfully. 'I’m glad I managed to come back a little on the leaders, I worked hard for that. I’m now 200 miles away from them and I need to catch up even more now, that will be my priority in the next few days. My goal is to cross the Equator with no more than a 12-hour gap between me and them.'

In the southeast of Buenos Aires, François Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) are sandwiched between a high and a depression. Between them, a corridor of northwestly wind will switch to the northeast and then build into virulent squalls (gusting to 40 knots) with large boat shaking seas. For the moment, they both agree that meandering between the high and low pressure, will require a lot of tacking. 'I would not be surprised that our roads converge in three or four days,' warned Gabart.

François Gabart (FRA, MACIF): There isn’t that much wind but honestly, if there were more, I’m not sure we’d go faster. We need to find the right position to face the depression that is coming. Sailing against the wind is always more difficult, it’s easy to understand, it’s just not a natural situation. There are many things that need to be anticipated and sometimes, the weather files aren’t very accurate. It takes instinct, too…

I don’t know whether Armel will have the same route as me, I only know my own situation and choices, but our routes may converge again soon.

Everything is fine on board, I did everything I could to make sure it is and stays that way. I know I have a very efficient boat, a fast one, which was great in the Southern Ocean, and hopefully all the way to the finish line. Let’s hope we have a crazy finish, with only a few miles between the two of us.

I’d like to thank my team for all their hard work, they’re the reason why things have been going well for me and the boat.

Bertrand de Broc (FRA, Votre Nom autour du Monde avec EDM Projets): I’m fine, and so is the boat. The conditions haven’t been favourable lately, and there’s still very little wind, we can’t go fast. Things are very quiet. I need to gybe all the time. Coming next is the last gate and then Cape Horn.

Our project has not been easy to finalise, I’m glad we could make it.

Tanguy De Lamotte (FRA, Initiatives-coeur): It was my first time sailing solo in the Southern Ocean. I enjoyed it, despite intense, rough and scary moments. But I enjoyed the quietness after all that too!

The boat is in good shape and I’m very happy with that. I should get to Cape Horn in nine days, it will come soon. It’s a mythical place, I can’t wait. I also know I’ll miss the Southern Ocean.

I have 17-18 knots of wind, I think I’ll gybe soon to sail towards the next gate. Right now, I’m having a nice quiet meal and a glass of red wine because the conditions are quieter. I’m having very good meat my uncle prepared for me, with a nice sauce. Quite a nice celebration just for passing a gate!


Résumé du 58e jour de course by VendeeGlobeTV


Musique à fond sur Mirabaud by VendeeGlobeTV


Journée Ménage pour Alessandro Di Benedetto by VendeeGlobeTV


Champagne pour Alessandro di Benedetto by VendeeGlobeTV


Albatros et soleil pour Alessandro Di Benedetto by VendeeGlobeTV


Leçon de navigation du professeur Cali by VendeeGlobeTV

Vendee Globe website


by Vendee Globe

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=105350

6:11 PM Sun 6 Jan 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2012 Vendee Globe

Related News Stories:

07 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Le point sur la situation de Bernard
07 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Golding leads group towards Cape Horn
06 Jan 2013  Vendée Globe 2012-2013 - War in the Pacific
06 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe: Jury to reopen case of Bernard Stamm
06 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - High spirits for some, trouble for others + Video
06 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Mike Golding set to clear Pacific East
06 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe skippers show support for disqualified Bernard Stamm
06 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - From the back to the front, shaken not stirred
05 Jan 2013  Vendee Globe - Jury President speaks on Stamm appeal + Video
05 Jan 2013  Noticias Francés: Vendee Globe - Un message de Bernard
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

This summer’s ‘must have’ tickets for The America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth (ACWSUK) are officially available from Monday 2nd March. Fans and spectators are encouraged to book their place now to avoid disappointment with event organisers already receiving a large number of ticket and hospitality enquires. ... [more]  

SCYA's E.E. Manning Regatta 2015 – They had never sailed together until six months earlier when they stepped onto a boat that neither had ever sailed, but skipper Joseph Hou, 15, and crew Skylar Jacobsen, 14, squeezed out a remarkable victory Sunday in the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Association's Shadden Series ... [more]  

Shawn Bennett of Tiburon, Calif. won the Long Beach Stop of the 2015 California Dreamin’ Series Sunday in this International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade three match racing regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s. ... [more]  

Shawn Bennett of Tiburon, Calif. won the Long Beach Stop of the 2015 California Dreamin’ Series Sunday in this International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade three match racing regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s. ... [more]  

RORC Caribbean 600 – Arguably the best fleet of offshore racing yachts that has ever gathered in the Caribbean, took part in the seventh edition of the event. 66 yachts started the 600 mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, with numerous world champions, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors taking part with passionate Corinthian amateurs, many of whom are members of the Royal Ocean Racing Cl ... [more]  

RORC Caribbean 600 – Arguably the best fleet of offshore racing yachts that has ever gathered in the Caribbean, took part in the seventh edition of the event. 66 yachts started the 600 mile race around 11 Caribbean islands, with numerous world champions, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailors taking part with passionate Corinthian amateurs, many of whom are members of the Royal Ocean Racing Cl ... [more]  

In November of 1994 Yachting Magazine consultant Gary Jobson asked Peter Craig, 'how hard can it be? Just raise some flags and blow off some guns.' And so began Craig's involvement in what was then a 112 boat - single division regatta that would soon evolve into an iconic annual international keelboat event. Yachting Magazine founded Key West Race Week in 1987. ... [more]  

Serious Fun! That's what participants, sponsors and onlookers are expected to have during the 35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta which will be held in St. Maarten during March 05 - 08, 2015. The Regatta is considered to be the biggest in the Caribbean and offers a great combination of challenging races and fantastic gatherings under the banner of 'Serious Fun'! ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race – After the limits of the southern oceans imposed by the combination of the weather systems and the safety barrier of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone, the Atlantic is opening up for the top trio. ... [more]  

Images from Auckland of the media conference on Sunday and prizegivings for Leg 4 ... [more]  

At the media conference held the morning after the finish of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Mapfre skipper Xabi Fernandez announced that regular skipper Iker Martinez will be back on board for the next leg and most of the remainder of the race. Fernandez had taken over the role, skippering Mapfre to a 4th place on Leg 3 and a win on Leg 4. ... [more]  

Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank will kick off with 173 boats traveling to Coconut Grove to compete in the 88th Bacardi Cup ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 finishes at night after a tense day *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
The finish was more like that of a short 100nm race around the Hauraki Gulf. Instead, the first three boats to cross the finish line at the end of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race arrived mid-evening. ... [more]  

Farr 40 International Circuit - Alex Roepers doesn't like to dwell in the past. However, when prompted, the New York businessman will talk about the magical run he and the crew aboard Plenty enjoyed during the 2014 Farr 40 International Circuit. To the contrary, the thrill of victory only made Roepers and the Plenty team hungry for more. ... [more]  

Coast Guard crews continue the search Monday for Richard Byhre, the 76-year-old sailor who did not return from his sailing trip as expected. ... [more]  

The International Sonar Class is pleased to announce that Shumway Marine, with the cooperation of designer Bruce Kirby has made arrangements to have the Sonar built by Rondar Race Boats in the U.K., with plans eventually to have the boat built on both sides of the ocean. The American Rondar facility is in Peabody, MA. Rondar, expects to launch its first Sonar in April. ... [more]  

Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics. ... [more]  

This year's 35th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is nothing less than an island-wide effort. Besides the sponsors, countless volunteers and the numerous local organizations that offer their excellent services, the Regatta Organizers would like to say special thanks to the hotels which are so generous to donate complimentary hotel rooms for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Images ashore after Leg 4 by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water and ashore for the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and provided this gallery of images after the first three boats had docked. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the finish of Leg 4 by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water for the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean race, and captured these images from the final few miles of the race, and on the dock. ... [more]  

O MAPFRE conquistou de maneira emocionante a quarta etapa da Volvo Ocean Race, disputada entre a China e a Nova Zelândia. Na manhã deste sábado (28), o barco espanhol cruzou a linha de chegada em primeiro após quase 21 dias de navegação. ... [more]  

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show - a British tradition by Rob Kothe and Jedda Murphy
Our favourite boat show in the whole world is the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show. It is like no other, with a large percentage of eight to 15-year olds, with many young siblings often dragging their parents down the aisles. Its a dull overcast day in Lonon with rain showers, but inside the heated halls of the Alexandra Palace, the fabled 'Ally Pally' , around 5,000 visitors will gaze at touch and feel ... [more]  

MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández/ESP) emerged victorious despite a pair of major setbacks in Leg 4 following one of the tightest-fought finishes in Volvo Ocean Race history on Saturday night. The victory gives the 2014-15 edition its fourth winner in four legs following successes for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR), Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED), and Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA). ... [more]  

Mapfre took the gun, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was second and Dongfeng third. Photographer Ainhoa Sanchez was in the air over Auckland for 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, and provided these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ainhoa Sanchez was in the air as the fleet approached Auckland for the end of leg 4 for the 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

The wind has switched half turn and boats are now beating upwind to the finish, MAPFRE has held their lead and with the change in direction look quite safe. Team Alvimedica who was catching up at speed has slowed right up, caught in light winds behind Tiritiri Matangi island. With less than 10nm to go to finish and a fair 10kt wind holding, the slow patch looks to have been removed from equation ... [more]  

2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Hap Fauth's American JV72, Bella Mente has been declared the overall winner. Whilst several yachts are still racing, by the morning of Friday 27th February none of the remaining teams had the ability to better Bella Mente's corrected time under IRC. It was third time lucky for Bella Mente as the Maxi 72 has finished second overall for the past two years. ... [more]  

Catch the live coverage of the Leg 4 Finish in Auckland. Check the video timer for a countdown to the start of coverage and the expected race finish time. Sail-World is updating the on the water action and weather - which has compressed the lead four boats ... [more]  

Racing in second place in the Barcelona World Race, the Barcelona sailor Guillermo Altadill and Chilean José Muñoz passed Cape Horn (67° 17' 35 W) this morning at 2h12 UTC (3h12 am in Barcelona, 11h12 pm of the 27th of February in Chile), after 58 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes of racing since their start from the Catalan capital on 31 December 2014. ... [more]  

On Sunday March 8th 2015, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will close out the final night of music with one of the most distinctive performances to date. DJ Natty Rico will be the final act to grace the regatta stage during the 'Legendary Party' following Kool and the Gang. His unique blend of saxophone playing and DJ skills will have your jaw dropping in amazement. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Cape Horn beckons for second and third placed Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos. While the two IMOCA 60s are expected to pass at speed with around six hours of separation, in what might be considered favourable conditions for one of the most inhospitable and complicated corners of the Barcelona World Race, amidst the long hours of stress and fatigue ... [more]  

SCYA Manning Regatta – The youth-heavy event is the fourth and last stop of the Shadden Series for teenagers under 19 not yet in college and is also a move-up regatta under the advancement guidelines of the International Naples Sabot Association. ... [more]  

US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards 2015 ceremony celebrated the sailing accomplishments of Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) and Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wisc.) as it returned to the iconic Model Room at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan after having moved to the west coast for the past three years. ... [more]  

Finn World Masters Championships 2015 - Pre registration open
Registration for the 2015 Finn European Championship is live!
RORC Caribbean 600, day 4 – Classic Focus and Four Figaro II teams
Hutchinson, Roble honored in New York as Best of 2014
Barcelona World Race - Pedestrian Pacific, Atlantic highway to home
America's Cup: Artemis Racing lines up against Oracle Team USA - Video
High Performance Yacht Design conference during Volvo OR stopover
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – No sleep until Auckland
Etchells NA Midwinter East Series - Schoonmaker Cup preview
RORC Caribbean 600 day 4 – Close competition – 43 yachts still racing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature
AC45 Turbo Training - Oracle Team USA images by pressure-drop + Video
America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race – The race tightens as New Zealand looms
AWT Goya Pro Cabo Verde kicks off in style!
Barcelona World Race - Two different worlds separated by Cape Horn
America's Cup: Barker offered non-sailing role by Emirates team NZ
2015 CYC Midwinters Race – Pictures by pressure-drop.us
CYC Midwinters Racing – Bring On The Breeze! – Overall   
Laser World Championship – Over 2000 sailors to race in Kingston   
Volvo Ocean Race: Barkow and Lush - from the Olympics to the Volvo *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Its anyone's race - Leg 4 to Auckland   
Barcelona World Race - A time for extra care and caution   
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Phaedo3 breaks record   
Barcelona World Race - Cheminées Poujoulat pass Cape Horn   
2015 RORC Caribbean 600 - Records predicted to tumble + Video   
2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship - NOR released   
Asher Otto and Itchy Feet to open up the Caribbean Jam night   
RS Sailing and BIC Sport North America team up for sailing programs   
RORC Caribbean 600 – Record pace on Day 2   
Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - About to begin   
10 tips from BoatUS for owners and renters   
Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta – Notice of Race online   
2015 CYC Mid Winters images by h20shots   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from February 23 show   
Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston looking forward to his Kiwi home   
Volvo Ocean Race: Wislang expected to lead Kiwis home after fast ride   
Volvo Ocean Race – Now the race to Auckland is truly on   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT