• Charal Turns Back



    At 9.15 am this morning, the Race Direction of the Vendée Globe contacted Vincent Beyou, Charal's team manager, after noting a change in the trajectory of the black boat. A few minutes later, the latter informed the DC of the decision taken by Jérémie Beyou to turn around towards Les Sables d'Olonne. It is a series of damage, and in particular a broken backstay (part of the rigging that allows the mast to be held) that forces Jérémie to return to the port of departure to carry out all the necessary repairs. He should arrive in Les Sables d'Olonne on Friday at the end of the day. Remember that the skipper of Charal has until Wednesday 18 November 2:20 p.m. to start the race again.

    The explanations of the Charal team:

    After less than three days of racing, Jérémie Beyou made the decision this Wednesday morning to head to Les Sables d'Olonne, the IMOCA Charal having been the victim of a series of small damages since Tuesday afternoon.

    After a start to the Vendée Globe which had gone ideally for him, since he was in the lead pack after two days of racing, Jérémie Beyou was slowed down on Tuesday afternoon in his progress towards the South.

    Technical Director of the Charal Sailing Team, Pierre-François Dargnies said: “ It started around 2 p.m. on Tuesday when a sheet return pulley tore off, which put a little carbon all over the cockpit. Jeremy had to do a little repair, he got into the boat to prepare all this, and while he was inside, he typed something. In the movement, the boat gybed, it found itself on the other side, he then realized that the starboard rudder was a little damaged. He decided to wait for the passage of the front in the night to start the repairs on the rudder, he tacked this morning while waiting for the sunrise to be able to attack this repair, but after a few hours, the starboard backstay (cable which supports the mast from the rear) broke, most certainly, because the sheet feeder, which had itself broken, "

    After exchanging with his technical team, Jérémie Beyou therefore took the decision on Wednesday morning to return to Les Sables d'Olonne to repair as quickly as possible:" With a torn off sheet return point, a damaged rudder, knowing that it It is possible that the foil also hit, and a broken runner-up, that was a lot for a third day of racing, ”adds Pierre-François Dargnies, who immediately organized the logistics necessary for the reception of the IMOCA Charal , expected in Les Sables d'Olonne Friday at the end of the day.

    " It will necessarily depend on its speed, because as long as it is on the port tack, as is currently the case, it can move forward at more or less normal speed, but on the starboard side, since it has no backstay, he will have to navigate very slowly. The advantage is that it is a priori only downwind. As for the repairs, we have a spare rudder, so that's not a problem, and for the rest, everything will depend on the exact extent of the damage, we will obviously do everything to repair the boat in the best possible way. deadlines and allow our skipper to leave ”. This is possible until the official closure of the line on Wednesday November 18 at 2:20 p.m.
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