Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) has found shelter in the Auckland Islands, 250 miles south of New Zealand, on Sunday morning, after diverting at around 17:00hrs UTC on Saturday to try to make repairs to his boat, ostensibly the hydrogenerators.
This morning, just before 6 AM, when he was 50°30'275 S and 166°16'773 E, Bernard Stamm has broken the seal of his engine to be able to be at anchor. A complicated manoeuvre when you know the wind is blowing at 40 knots in the area.
After struggling to find a protected spot, Stamm is now moored in Sandy bay, south of Enderby Island, in the northeast of the archipelago. This has offered him protection from the 25-knot northwest wind. He has reported sightings of orca and sea lions.
He has since begun the repairs on his hydro generators. He cut off all the communication tools to save some energy to go back at sea when he will be done. The repairs should last from 25 to 48 hours. Anyway, looking at the weather forecasts, he should ideally leave before December 25 in order to escape from the powerful winds coming from the North. On land, seals, killer whales and sea elephants are watching.
At 12:00 hrs Armel Le Cléac´h (Banque Populaire) leads the Vende globe by 5 nm from François Gabart (MACIF). Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) is third and Alex Thomson (HUGO BOSS) is fourth 845 nm behind the leader.
23 December 2012 12:13 GMT