The crew of GUYOT environnement – Team Europe is fighting its way out of the Southern Ocean back to South Africa. 600 nautical miles after the start of the third leg of The Ocean Race, skipper Benjamin Dutreux’s crew found that part of the hull had become unstable and delaminated. Since Wednesday morning, the team has now been cautiously sailing back towards Cape Town. There, the tech team is standing by, counting every hour until the crew is back to start work immediately, repairing the yacht and getting her back in the water.
The team base in Cape Town had just been dismantled after the start of the third leg of The Ocean Race, the containers had already been moved to the cargo terminal in the harbour, and the shore team’s departures were about to take place when the bad news about the boat damage reached the team management via satellite phone. After a short consultation, the decision was made to return and on shore all switches were immediately turned to reverse: flights were cancelled, accommodation re-booked, the containers ordered back. Now everything is prepared. Because every hour counts for getting back into the race.