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Lemonchois in a survival situation for 10 days on his trimaran

30/03/2014

Lemonchois in a survival situation for 10 days on his trimaran

To prepare for the next Route du Rhum, Lionel Lemonchois had decided to tackle a particularly difficult record between Lorient and Mauritius aboard his 80-foot maxi ‘Prince de Bretagne’, launched barely a year ago.

A difficult singlehanded trip of over 8,800 miles, passing via the Cape of Good Hope. To hope to beat Francis Joyon’s record over this course, he would have to take slightly under 26 days, at an average speed of 12.7 knots. On paper it was feasible. But 10 days after his departure, the trimaran capsized, 800 miles off the coast of Brazil. The skipper then activated his EPIRB manually, explaining that he was safe aboard, and waited... He spent 10 days in his upturned trimaran before the tug sent by his team arrived. Once righted, the damaged trimaran was towed to Rio, where it arrived after 5 more days at sea. All that remains is for the whole team to launch into a race against time to repair the boat and get it ready for the start of the Route du Rhum, on 2nd November...

Follow it on: www.voile.princedebretagne.com

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