On Sunday morning, around 3.30 AM (French time), Bernard Stamm informed his shore crew that Cheminées Poujoulat had hit an unidentified floating object, which ripped off his port side hydrogenerator.
His second hydrogenerator seems to be out of order too and it is apparently impossible to recharge. Because of previous energy-related issues, there is not enough fuel stocked on board.
Stamm therefore explained his team he was shutting down all energy-consuming devices to save the little energy he had left for the autopilot. Since then, the Cheminées Poujoulat Sailing Team has not heard from the yacht. He was 1,060 miles away from Cape Horn at 7.30AM (French time).
They are currently studying all available solutions, like finding a sheltered area where Stamm could consider getting fuel as the yacht safety is jeopardized.
Possible shelters seem to be located after the Cape Horn rounding. Weather conditions are tough with changing winds, rough sea and cold temperatures. Ice has also been detected in the area.
6 January 2013 13:17 GMT