GUYOT environnement – Team Europe suffered a major setback on the course south during the second leg of The Ocean Race: Despite a light breeze, the large spinnaker burst. The light cloth slapped into the water, got caught on the foil and completely slowed down the black yacht. With a quick rescue operation by the entire crew of Robert Stanjek, Sébastien Simon, Phillip Kaüske and Anne-Clarie Le Berre, the torn spinnaker could be brought back on board. Important for the further legs! Because the number of sails is limited to 11 for the entire race, and the repair may only be carried out with a maximum replacement of 25 percent of the sail. But this way the spinnaker can probably be mended again in Cape Town.
The tear of the spinnaker is nevertheless a great loss for this leg, because the light sail had performed important in the Doldrums and should also be used intensively during the current light wind phase.