Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) is the latest Vendee Globe sailor to have gear problems. He called his technical team to explain the strop (a soft shackle), which attached the forstay to the deck had broken.
At the time of the incident, Virbac-Paprec 3 was sailing upwind in 30 knots of wind, with two reefs in mainsail and the staysail up. Jean Pierre immediately put the boat downwind to stabilize the situation and began work on the repair.
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Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) having sailed for a month reduced power mode due to breaking his hydro-generator and Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) currently seeking a re-fuelling solution due to irreparable damage.
Mike Golding (Gamesa) has also been without functioning hydro-generators for around three weeks. “Well, I can't tell a lie. Ours aren't working either! I have two very good hydro generators that are working extremely well, but the little box of tricks that does the conversion has fried itself. To be honest, it nearly caused a fire. I nearly had a fire onboard, so I wasn't that impressed with that. The irony is that I have two very effective hydro-generators both fully attached to the boat, functioning correctly, but I can't use the power.”
In the end, these adventures technical and meteorological may very well benefit Thomson (Hugo Boss) who has gained 39 miles in 24 hours and perhaps can take back third place on the virtual podium.
7 January 2013 19:18