After almost 8 days and 900 miles of sailing under jury rig Mike Golding and Ecover 3 arrived in Fremantle in the early hours of Christmas morning. Marc Guillemot had a less happy Christmas Day, having decided to head for the Auckland Islands where he aimed to anchor Safran and climb the mast to repair his mainsail traveller track.
On Boxing day, Seb Josse suffered a massive wipe out. In his own words "Yesterday evening I decided to go further north to avoid the worst of the storm, but conditions were horrendous with breaking waves and squalls up to a steady 65 knots, with hail and snow. I was sailing conservatively with 3 reefs in the main and staysail up when I was knocked down by a wave. The boat heeled over to at least 110º with the top of the mast in the water. It took me five minutes to get a clear idea of what had happened, but the key parts of the boat are ok – mast, keel and she’s floating! It will be daylight in a couple of hours, and I will be able to then make a better estimation of the damage and the next steps, until then I need to take it easy" It was the beginning of the end of Seb’s Vendée.