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Yann Guichard : "The mast fell to the leeward of the boat"

Monday 15 January 2018Redaction SSS [Source RP]

At about 1600h (CET) today, Monday 15 January 2018, Spindrift 2 was sailing just off Point St Matthieu and Camaret in Brittany on her way to the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy Jules Verne Trophy #TropheeJulesVerne , when she dismasted.

At the time the 40m trimaran was sailing at 15-18 knots of boat speed Speed #speedsailing in 30 knot westerly winds and in three metre seas. Spindrfit 2 had two reefs in the main and the J3 (ORC).

Yann Guichard, skipper of the Maxi Spindrift 2 says: "The crew is safe and sound. Everything happened so fast. The mast fell to the leeward of the boat. The conditions were not so extreme. It’s too early to know exactly what happened. We had to drop the rigging to save the boat and prepare it for towing. Operations are currently underway to recover it.”

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