Vendee Globe competitor Marc Guillemot took his Open 60 Safran to the UK back in June for the Tour of the British Isles record attempt. Not only did he not break the existing record, but thanks to the British MCA, he may end up with a far more dubious record; a criminal one! That’s if you believe Yachting World’s Elaine Bunting, who reported that the MCA issued an arrest warrant for Guillemot on Friday for failing to appear in court. His offense? Violating Dover’s Traffic Separation Scheme during his record attempt. Seriously.
Guillemot’s people were contacted by Ouest-France (Brittany’s big newspaper and one of the only mainstream periodicals on Earth where you see almost daily front-page stories on sailing), and they said it’s bull-merde. Guillemot, they said, was represented in court by his attorney and has not received any such warrant. As much as we’d love it if Sam Davies, Mike Golding, and Alex Thomson pulled some strings in the MCA to try some Psy-warfare on one of this year’s favorites, we’re pretty sure it’s just the usual governmental douchebaggery. Either way, they better serve his warrant soon, otherwise, good luck finding him a month from now!