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May 31 2012

 

Groupe Bel Dismasted Close to the Azores
The technical team of Kito de Pavant contacted Race Direction for the Europa Warm'Up Race at 1256hrs (French time, UTC + 2hrs) to tell them that Groupe Bel has dismasted. The skipper, de Pavant is fine, is not injured and has not requested assistance.
The boat was sailing in 20-25kts of SW'ly wind and waves of 2.5m and is now heading for the port of Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel, about 50 miles from where the incident happened.
"I was sailing in a 20-25 south westerly under gennaker, with one reef in the mainsail. The yacht was making good headway and on automatic pilot her seakeeping was rather good. Suddenly, she accelerated and I heard a crack. The mast immediately broke in two, just above the hounds (top rigging) of the ORC forestay. This meant that I no longer had a forward sail and that the mast was holding only by the lower shrouds and the stay to the fore.
I made the yacht safe and observed that, apart from the mast, there was no other damage. The mainsail was still hanging from the mast and Groupe Bel was still being driven forward at low speed. I turned on the engine to set her in the right direction since she cannot be maneuvered. I still have roughly 30 liters of fuel, which is about six hours of autonomy. My technical team and the race management are currently looking into a way of supplying me with fuel or towing me the last few miles.
A completely new race is now beginning. I am currently progressing to the north of Sao Miguel Island to find shelter from the wind and sea. I am currently heading west at a speed of 4/5 knots. The situation seems to be under control although not very comfortable."
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Groupe Bel Dismasted Close to the Azores

The technical team of Marinepool partner Kito de Pavant contacted Race Direction for the Europa Warm'Up Race at 1256hrs (French time, UTC + 2hrs) to tell them that Groupe Bel has dismasted. The skipper, de Pavant is fine, is not injured and has not requested assistance.

The boat was sailing in 20-25kts of SW'ly wind and waves of 2.5m and is now heading for the port of Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel, about 50 miles from where the incident happened.

"I was sailing in a 20-25 south westerly under gennaker, with one reef in the mainsail. The yacht was making good headway and on automatic pilot her seakeeping was rather good. Suddenly, she accelerated and I heard a crack. The mast immediately broke in two, just above the hounds (top rigging) of the ORC forestay. This meant that I no longer had a forward sail and that the mast was holding only by the lower shrouds and the stay to the fore.

I made the yacht safe and observed that, apart from the mast, there was no other damage. The mainsail was still hanging from the mast and Groupe Bel was still being driven forward at low speed. I turned on the engine to set her in the right direction since she cannot be maneuvered. I still have roughly 30 liters of fuel, which is about six hours of autonomy. My technical team and the race management are currently looking into a way of supplying me with fuel or towing me the last few miles.

A completely new race is now beginning. I am currently progressing to the north of Sao Miguel Island to find shelter from the wind and sea. I am currently heading west at a speed of 4/5 knots. The situation seems to be under control although not very comfortable."

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