Requested by the race management, the Nivôse is heading towards Yes We Cam !, which is currently located halfway between the Cape of Good Hope and the Kerguelen Islands, in sixth position in the Vendée Globe still dominated by Charlie Dalin on Apivia .
A transfer in a small boat
“I received the order from my operational control to join Jean Le Cam to try to recover Kevin Escoffier and bring him back to Reunion. The crossing is going to be epic but it is for a good cause”, explains Commander Barbe to Figaro.
To recover the skipper, the Nivôse team is preparing a transfer by a small boat that would dock Yes We Cam !. The 2,800-ton steel-hulled military vessel could not get too close to Jean Le Cam’s carbon boat.
A transfer hoped for on Sunday or Monday
But before joining the two skippers, the Nivôse will have to face the violent and uncertain conditions of the 40th Roarants, an area known for its strong winds. “South of the 40th parallel South, it is no longer the man who commands but the weather. And the ocean is master. To reach Jean Le Cam, we have to face the sea and the head wind in the hollows of six meters “, continues Commander Barbe in Le Figaro.
The soldier hopes to join Yes We Cam early next week. An estimate shared by the Vendée Globe race management who hopes for a transfer on Sunday or Monday. In capricious conditions, Kevin Escoffier could even have to jump into the water if the docking of Yes We Cam is impossible. He would then be accompanied by a diver aboard a boat and then the Nivôse.
Once in the military vessel, the PRB skipper should spend three or four days on board before disembarking in Reunion. If the transfer between Yes we Cam! and the Nivôse could not take place because of the weather conditions, it would be envisaged that Kevin Escoffier would remain on board Jean Le Cam’s boat until the passage off Australia or New Zealand.
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