After the decision to suspend the third leg of The Ocean Race and return to Cape Town, GUYOT environnement – Team Europe is looking ahead again. The damage to the hull bottom has been secured to the extent that the movement of the sandwich laminate in the waves has been reduced, hopefully preventing further delamination or even breaching of the bottom. The boat, skippered by Benjamin Dutreux and crewed by Robert Stanjek, Sébastien Simon, Annie Lush and onboard reporter Charles Drapeau, is heading for Cape Town under reduced sail area and with engine support. Currently, the yacht is sailing in light wind conditions, however the swell is still strong, so careful action is absolutely essential.
“It was a strange situation when we noticed the movement in the bottom. There was really a lot of movement. After we had contact with the tech team and the architects, it was clear that we can’t fix it at sea and we have to return to Cape Town,” Benjamin Dutreux reports. “I feel really bad for the team. But that’s the game, unfortunately. We are now sailing at about 10 knots and hopefully we will be in Cape Town in two days. Then we will repair the boat as fast as we can. We are totally focused on this repair, definitely want to get back in the race. We are optimistic that we will be able to do that.”