While prancing at the head of the Vendée Globe, Alex Thomson has to face “a possible structural problem”, which he is trying to correct with his teams. In the meantime, the Briton is greatly slowed down.
So that’s the explanation for the change of leader in the Vendée Globe. Alex Thomson, who flew over the race before handing over first place to Thomas Rouillard (LinkedOut) in recent hours, has suffered a damage on Hugo Boss.
What’s going on ? The Briton and his teams evoked this Sunday a ” possible structural problem », Before explaining that it was a concern at the level of “The longitudinal beam at the front of the boat”. For the time being, it is above all time ” to consider solutions with the shore team and to define a repair program and a timetable ”. And in the meantime, rather than continuing to follow the same route as the other two members of the leading trio, towards the Saint Helena high, Thomson had to resolve to reach a quieter area.
Repairs in sight for Thomson
“Alex has now put the boat in a safe position to handle the sea conditions to reduce movement on board while he is doing the repair, explains Ross Daniel, Technical Director of Alex Thomson Racing. He has all the necessary equipment on board, a detailed plan to follow and a highly qualified team of engineers who advise him. We are therefore confident in its ability to complete the repair. “
After Jérémie Beyou, forced to return to Les Sables d’Olonne to leave nine days behind his competitors, it is the other big favorite of the event which seems to have been overtaken by bad luck.
SAILING / VENDEE GLOBE 2020-2021
Check-in at 5:00 a.m. (French time) – Saturday, November 21, 2020
1- Thomas Rettant (FRA / LinkedOut *) 19,808.2 miles from the finish
2-Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) at 38.52
3- Alex Thomson (GBR/Hugo Boss*) à 73,08
4- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) At 274.67
5- Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *) at 315.56
6- Boris Herrmann (ALL / Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco *) at 355.18
7- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 367.25
8- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 379.96
9- Sébastien Simon (FRA / Arkéa Paprec *) at 391.14
10- Sam Davies (GBR / Initiatives-Cœur *) at 417.13
Nicolas Troussel (FRA / Corum L’Epargne *): dismasting after 7 days of racing
* boat equipped with foils
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