The GUYOT environnement – Team Europe yacht has been craned back into the water on Monday after the hull damage was repaired. After the mast was set and some tests were carried out on the water, the crew with Sébastien Simon, Phillip Kasüske, Jimmy le Baut and Clovis Gautier as well as onboard reporter Charles Drapeau started today, Thursday, in Cape Town/South Africa for the transfer to Brazil. The routing for the passage has calculated around 4500 nautical miles of distance in a northerly route around the St Helena High. The predicted arrival is on 30 March. In Itajaí, the European team plans to rejoin The Ocean Race and compete in the fourth leg of the world race.
For Phillip Kasüske, the start of the transfer marks his return on board. The 28-year-old from Berlin had taken a scheduled break for the third leg. After the abandonment of the leg and the repair, the crew planning will be rearranged for the further legs: “For the next leg from Itajaí to Newport, we want to sail with the same crew as on Leg 3 – i.e. with Benjamin Dutreux, Robert Stanjek, Sébastien Simon and Annie Lush. I am sure that the team will be highly motivated. In the meantime, I’ll help where I can and then get back into the race in Newport.” Looking back at the repairs that have been made, Kasüske is impressed and expectant for the rest of The Ocean Race: “The shore crew did an insanely good job to get the boat back in shape so quickly. From Brazil on, we can fully attack. On the passage we will of course sail very carefully and double and triple test the whole boat. In Itajaí there will be time to make optimisations. The race is not even half over yet.”