Jérémie Beyou, skipper of DELTA DORE, has informed the Race Committee of his withdrawal from the Vendée Globe race this morning (Wednesday) in view of the impossibility of repairing his IMOCA 60 without major external assistance. On the 14th day of the race Jérémie Beyou found serious damage to the standing rigging of his monohull: a spreader had broken from its bracket on the mast, followed by another. Consequently the standing rigging and the mast have also been damaged.
There have been other changes in the Vendée leader board, with Armel Le Cléac’h going from fifth to third today. Second placed Seb Josse has got to within 13 miles of leader Loïck Peyron and the hunting pack of Le Cléac’h, Jean-Pierre Dick and Vincent Riou have also gained a few miles. Yann Elies has reclaimed sixth position from Mike Golding.
It isn’t an easy time for the leaders; Yann described sea conditions as “worse than Biscay” and Loick, a man of few words, summed it up as “leaning, tapping and wet.”
The big question for everyone is what will the St Helena high do over the next few days? Will the leaders have to stay west and go around the high pressure zone, or will it move east in time for the fleet to start making tracks for the Cape of Good Hope? It’s a question that interests Bernard Stamm, who has just crossed the equator. The unusual position of the high could force the leaders to take that long road west, but who knows where it might be by the time Stamm arrives? This pic by Brian Thompson. The stories are on SA Sailing News and more Vendee Globe pix, audios and vids are here.