Major contenders in the vendee Globe race are having early issues. Favorite Charal last night reported damage to one of his rudders, havng hit an object in the water and making a temporary repair this morning a complete check of the boat has revealed the damage to be worse than it was believed. Beyou and his team therefore made the decision to head to Les Sables d’Olonne.
And also last night, Armel Tripon encountered technical problems with the headsail J3 hook aboard L’Occitane en Provence. Given the current weather conditions of the Vendee Globe race in the area, an active front passage generating strong winds and very rough seas, it is not safe enough for Armel to climb the mast himself in order to carry out the repair.
He is currently rerouting towards La Coruña (Spain), the nearest port, in order to carry out these repairs in dock. He should arrive there on Thursday. More information to follow.