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Isabelle Joschke abandons the Vendée Arctique Race with badly torn mainsail

by Vendée Arctique 18 Jun 05:12 PDT
Isabelle Joschke - MACSF © Jean-Louis Carli / Alea / Vendée Arctique

Franco-German skipper Isabelle Joschke, (MACSF) has retired from the Vendée Arctique Les Sables d'Olonne within 50 miles of the finish line because of damage to her mainsail sustained more than 24 hours ago.

The brutal wind and sea conditions prompted race direction to shorten the course at the Iceland gate, south-east of Iceland. With her mainsail torn above the third reef, she sailed under storm jib alone towards the finish line. But she turned around and informed Race Direction and her MACSF team, "Up there the wind will still be very strong without any possible shelter. I'm not even sure I'll make it under storm jib alone. I have reported my retirement to the Race Direction, now I will try to get my IMOCA MACSF back to Lorient safely with what I have left of sails."

Joschke, who had to abandon the last Vendée Globe after Cape Horn because of keel ram damage whilst in the top 10, once again proved her ability and her fighting spirit on this race but having to give up at 40 miles from the finish line is a huge disappointment to her.

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