Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik 2018 Dongfeng 728x90

Route du Rhum: 48 hours of carnage reviewed

by Brian Hancock 6 Nov 2018 19:33 PST 1 August 2018
Armel Le Cléac'h aboard Banque Populaire before her capsize in the Route du Rhum © Route du Rhum

Brian Hancock sums up the first 48 hours of the Route du Rhum, which has seen the bow fall off one Ultime class trimaran, another capsize, and several others forced out of the race.

The latest update is that Armel le cléac'h was able to be rescued around 2100hrs (French time) by a fishing vessel arriving on zone at the beginning of the evening It is currently on its edge and is moving to Spain.

It has been 48 hours since the 11th edition of the Route Du Rhum started from France and there has been much carnage. In addition to two of the Ultime trimarans sustaining hull damage that forced them out of the race, there has been damage on many of the other boats.

Overnight the much anticipated storm in the Bay of Biscay hit the fleet and two boats were dismasted. British skipper Sam Goodchild was dismasted while lying in third place on his Class 40 Narcos Mexico. “Sam was in third place and going well in 30 knots of south-southwesterly wind,” Goodchild’s team manager Marcus Hutchinson commented. “He has no idea as yet why the rig failed. He has cut the mast and rigging free but has saved the boom and will try to set a jury rig.”

Shortly after Godchild dropped his mast there was a report that the Franco-German racer Isabelle Joschke aboard her IMOCA 60 Monin had also been dismasted. Both skippers are safe and are heading for port.

Then around noon local time the Ultime trimaran Banque Populaire IX capsized. The boat appears to have capsized following the breakdown of her port float. The French skipper Armel Le Cléac’h triggered his distress beacon and made contact with his technical team who, along with the race organizers, are mounting a rescue and salvage effort. At the time of the capsize Banque Populaire IX was roughly 340 miles northeast of the Azores Islands and dealing with winds of around 30-35 knots with higher gusts. Le Cléac’h is safe inside the boat waiting to be rescued.

Route du Rhum Race Director Jacques Caraes summarized things with a statement. “It has been a difficult night with 40-45 knots of wind with cross seas of five to six metres. The problems we have heard of from skippers have mostly been with their autopilots. But it has also been very difficult to make maneuvers in the seas and wind and changing sails has been very hard work for all the sailors.”

The strong winds of 40-45 knots are associated with the passage of a cold front. So far it is the light, powerful Multi50s that have borne the brunt of the bad weather. Class leader Lalou Roucayrol has chosen to be prudent and was heading for shelter in Portugal. During the night Roucayol reported winds of 55 knots gusting to 60 with seas around five metres.

For the rest of this story click here

???? 'Riding out the storm'

Watch the full update from day 2 of the race with the Atlantic storm that had been forecast at the start making itself felt across the whole fleet with: ?? One boat capsized ?? Two boats dismasted ?? Many sailors electing to seek shelter in ???? and ???? ports.

Posted by Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Related Articles

A great Rhum
40th anniversary proved to be a memorable edition The 40th anniversary Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe proved to be a memorable edition, with big crowds turning out in Saint Malo to see the record fleet of 123 boats in six divisions start the 3,542-nautical mile race to Pointe-à-Pitre. Posted on 15 Dec 2018
IMOCA offers a positive appraisal of Route du Rhum
A very positive appraisal of the Route du Rhum The twenty sailors competing in the eleventh edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe put on a remarkable show, at the end of which Paul Meilhat (SMA) came out on top ahead of Yann Eliès (Ucar-StMichel) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss). Posted on 6 Dec 2018
Action in the RdR, Transatlantic Race and GGR 2018
Offshore adventures in the Route du Rhum, RORC Transatlantic Race and Golden Globe Race 2018 Three classic events are currently unfurling: the tail end of the Route du Rhum, the opening salvo of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Transatlantic Race, and the ongoing saga (now on Day 149) known as the Golden Globe Race 2018. Posted on 27 Nov 2018
Peyron completes the fairytale aboard Happy
Finishing the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe On a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon off Pointe-à-Pitre, the French sailing hero Loïck Peyron completed his personal tribute to transatlantic racing pioneers Mike Birch and Eric Tabarly. Posted on 26 Nov 2018
Banque Populaire IX " completely dislocated"
Foiling Ultime class Banque Populaire IX destroyed after capsize and 10 day tow The foiling maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire XI, which capsized during the Route du Rhum transatlantic race on November 6, has been declared a write-off. Posted on 24 Nov 2018
Paul Meilhat looks back at the IMOCA contest
His first major solo victory in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe After a short rest, he analysed his race for us commenting on the performance of his rivals, before talking about his future prospects in the IMOCA class. Posted on 23 Nov 2018
Six winners, six classes
In the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe The six winners in the six different classes - ULTIME, Multi50, IMOCA 60, Class40, Rhum Multi and Rhum Mono - of the four-yearly solo Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe transatlantic sailing race have now been crowned Posted on 23 Nov 2018
Sharp third and Gavignet signs off with a win
British skipper Phil Sharp does all he can to hide his feelings The smiles and jokes with the media and VIPs who greeted the skipper of Imerys Clean Energy after arriving at the dock in Pointe-à-Pitre masked acute disappointment. Posted on 21 Nov 2018
Podium for Phil Sharp and Imerys Clean Energy
In the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe Phil Sharp at the helm of Imerys Clean Energy crosses the finish line in Guadeloupe in 3rd place, 1 hour and 45 minutes behind 2nd place. His time, 16 days, 13 hours, 1 minute, 50 seconds, averaging a speed of 11.30 kts over 4,487 miles sailed. Posted on 21 Nov 2018
Antoine & Richomme win Rhum Multis & Class 40
In the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe Two days into the third week of the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre was able to celebrate two great winners in the Rhum Multi class and in the hotly-fought Class40 division of the 3,542-nautical mile solo transatlantic race. Posted on 20 Nov 2018
RS Sailing 2019 - RS21 Spring Offer - FooterMarine Resources BOTTOMZhik 2018 Kollition 728x90 BOTTOM