Vendée Globe : After being dismasted, Sam Davies has secured Savéol

Friday, 16 November 2012

On Thursday, November 15th at 1945hrs (French time), Samantha Davies has reported her dismasting to the race office of the Vendée Globe and her team. At the time of the incident, Davies was inside the boat going downwind on starboard tack in a squall with 35 knots of wind and with a very confused sea state. While she was preparing to go out on deck to take in a third reef, she heard a noise and felt the mast come down on port. In the conditions, she could not respond immediately and cut the rigging, so she made herself safe inside the boat in her survival suit and waited for a drop in the wind.

Around 0130hrs, Davies began to release Savéol's rig by cutting the wires, sheets and halyards. It was a successful operation. At dawn, Davies will carry out a check of the boat before starting the engine and heading to Madeira. Currently, conditions are calmer at around 20 knots. Davies has been resting and is doing well.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 16 November 2012 )