Keel failure aboard PRB - PRB's skipper, Vincent Riou, is now safe aboard Gitana Eighty, and Loick Peyron is back in full racing mode - his 'passenger' prevented from participating in the manoeuvres.
PRB has been left with the ballasts full and the sails stacked at the lowest point of the hull in order to stabilise it.
Vincent Riou reported hitting a large sea mammal at 3:00 am Tuesday morning, but his initial assessment was that the damage remained superficial . . . later Riou realised that one of his keel pins was missing, and that the appendage was only held by the ram used to cant it.
With an approaching storm, Vincent Riou has decided to abandon ship and has requested assistance.
Loick Peyron onboard Gitana Eighty has been directed towards PRB by the Race Direction team, and should arrive in the vicinity around 17:00 GMT Tuesday.
PRB has dropped her sails, filled her ballast tanks to increase her stability even if the keel was to drop out from the hull. PRB is in 2.5 metres of swell, in 10 knots of NW wind, in light fog and is 530 miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Vincent Riou / PRB sailing Route de Rhum 06 - Benoit Stichelbaut DPPI