While they had been sailing in the Indian Ocean since yesterday afternoon, after crossing the longitude of Cap des Aiguilles, and they were pointing at 12 o’clock at 48 ° 28 South with more than 860 miles ahead of time of the record, the men of the Gitana Team informed their shore team of a damage to the giant’s starboard float rudder.
After a complete inspection, carried out by David Boileau, the boat-captain on board, the ad fell. The bit of the appendix is seriously damaged, which no longer allows the use of rudder on this tack. This damage, which the six sailors cannot under any circumstances repair on the high seas because it would require the complete replacement of the part, forced the crew of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild to interrupt their record attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy.
It is indeed not possible that Franck Cammas, Charles Caudrelier and their four crew are embarking on the South Seas with a boat which is no longer at 100% of its potential. The disappointment is immense, both in the forties and in Lorient, at the heart of the technical base, but the important thing now is for the crew to reach more hospitable latitudes. More here.