After the damage to port foil occurred Thursday night on Arkea Paprec as they arrived in Le Havre, Sébastien Simon and Vincent Riou have always confirmed that they would take the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre. So they align with foil one, starboard.
“With these boats, we achieve completely innovative technologies,” explains Sébastien Simon, skipper of Paprec ARKEA. “This sometimes causes the material breaks. These very large foils, these ships that fly, we still have a lot of elements to grasp. We must do this transatlantic reliable for the boat. We still learn much about its operation.
It is frustrating to have to forget our sporting goals. We are going at all for victory or a podium, it’s going to finish the race in good conditions. But even with a foil less, we are happy to take the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre. We need to navigate for those who are involved in this project, who shot all this work to get here. ”
The remaining piece of foil has been disassembled and repatriated at the base of the team in Port-La-Forêt. Part of the team is currently working with the architect Juan Kouyoumdjian the boat in order to understand the reasons for this condition. In Le Havre, the time is the preparations before departure that will take place next Sunday, October 27th at 13:00. More here.