Nothing dramatic here, but we were taken by just how wide and powerful this DCNS, the latest from Finot-Conq and unfortunately recently dismasted in the Vendee. Okay, it’s maybe not so powerful anymore(!), but man are these things purposeful. Amazing boats. Thanks to Jose for the shot.
Regarding the latest news, it is either good or bad dependending on your nationality. For the Brits, it’s gutting news that Hugo Boss’ injuries are bad enough to force Alex Thomson to officially retire. For the French, it’s great news that they are – en masse – leading the race and that Bernard Stamm has restarted. Three and a half days after the original start, Stamm – a much loved personality in Brittany – returned to the race course this morning after making replacing his carbon bowsprit, which was crushed in a collision with a ship on the first night of racing, and making repairs to his standing rigging. Stamm headed out of Les Sables d’Olonne at around 0240hrs GMT to a rousing send off, despite the early hour. A short while earlier, the unfortunate Kito de Pavant and Yannick Bestaven, both dismasted in the Biscay storm, had been warmly welcomed by Les Sables locals. All the stories are on SA Sailing News The pix, audios and videos, including Alex on his retirement and lone American, Rich Wilson are here.