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Lemonchois in a survival situation for 10 days on his trimaran

Published on 30 march 2014 at 9h00

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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...

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