On Monday the 12th of September at about 09:00 a.m., the Cap Ferret’s semaphore was warned by the fishing boat 'Atalante' that a sailboat 'Karantez VI' – Pogo 2 6,50 – was under full sails without people aboard. The sailboat was adrift eight nautical miles (14 km) from Cap-Ferret.
The customs plane from Bordeaux has rerouted to position the boat. The security helicopter 'Dragon 33' was sent in the area to do the initial researches of man overboard. Around 10:00 a.m., the body of a man around 40 years old, wearing integrated buoyancy clothes with the name of the boat on it, was found by a yachtsman on Lège-Cap-Ferret's beach.
A fisherman has moored the sailboat off Cap-Ferret. It is now watched by the Cap-Ferret semaphore. End of the Préfecture Maritime de l’Atlantique press release.
Jean-Marc Allaire’s body was then identified by the Gendarmerie (Ed. French police force). His family was soon after informed. Jean-Marc Allaire was to participate to the Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6,50 2011, single-handed transatlantic, that will leave on Sunday the 25th of September.
The Classe Mini, its members and the entire Mini community, Grand Pavois Organisation, its President, its Board of directors and the Race comity of the Transat 6,50 share the immense pain of the death of Jean-Marc and their thoughts are with his loved ones in this tragic death.