Unable to stay where he is because of the imminent arrival of storm force conditions, Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) has been forced to sail to New Zealand on Monday afternoon.
Stamm has been anchored at Sandy bay, south of Enderby Island, 200 miles south of New Zealand, since Sunday morning, as he tries to repair his hydrogenerators. He will attempt to finish his repairs and re-start the race.
On December 23, a Russian scientific vessel, "Professor Khromov" came to anchor in the same bay as Stamm,” Stamm’s team said yesterday. “Shortly after, the anchor of Cheminées Poujoulat couldn’t hold anymore, and forced the skipper to moor to his boat to his neighbour (the Professor Khromov) to save his IMOCA (Cheminées Poujoulat).
Francois Gabart (MACIF) is just 11.4 miles ahead of Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) at the head of the fleet and is only 15 miles south of his rival, as they reach northeast in 25-27 westerlies to the Pacific West gate 250 miles away.
24 December 2012 16:30 GMT