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    Bureau Valley Struck By Fishing Boat



    Race Direction of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race took a call at 0310hrs CET this morning from Louis Burton on Bureau Valley. He reported that he had been hit a glancing blow by a trawler on the port side of his IMOCA Open 60.


    At the time Bureau Valley was about 400 Nm west of Lisbon. He was asleep in the cockpit with his AIS and radar both active. At the time he was making around 18kts with 32kts of SW’ly wind which was making visibility limited.

    Burton quickly turned to a NE’ly, downwind course, securing the rig. He found a shroud damaged about 1.8m off the deck. The skipper is fine and is waiting for sunrise (around 0930hrs CET) to make a more complete assessment of the damage to the port shroud before making any decisions.




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    After bouncing off a fishing boat in bad visibility and damaging his port shroud very early this morning, Louis Burton indicated this afternoon that he intends to sail the 700 miles back to the start to try and effect a suitable repair in Les Sables d'Olonne. .

    The skipper of Bureau Vallée believes his ascent back across the Bay of Biscay will take him around four days. The race rules prescribe that the start line closes at 1302hrs on the Tuesday 20th of November. According to him their biggest hurdle is having to replace the custom shroud itself, the manufacture of which would normally take three weeks.

    The weather is due to ease for his passage back to Les Sables d’Olonne but his immediate problem is that he cannot tack on to port. Burton said:

    “ My main emotion is just shock and I am pretty depressed that I have to get back to Les Sables d’Olonne.

    In fact I was going through the front and had a couple of hours to go and had 30-35kts of wind. There was very poor visibility, rough seas and I had the radar and the AIS on. I was under the canopy to nap a bit and was making about 20kts. I turned my head bit and so a medium sized trawler slide along the hull. I grabbed a light to inspect the hull in a panic to see if it was OK. I was relieved but then saw the damage to the shroud. I tacked on to starboard immediately and focused first on Lisbon looking to get to land as quickly as possible.
    At dawn I took some photos and sent them to the technical team to give them an indication of the level and type of damage. For sure the damage is just too much to continue like this. There might be a way to get back to Les Sables d’Olonne and away on time, but we need to make a custom piece which will not be easy because it usually takes about three weeks. For the moment I'm confident. I'm trying to get the boat back to Les Sables as quickly as possible, taking into account I can't change tack without the risk of capsizing I will try to get back to Les Sables d’Olonne as quickly as possible to save as much time for the repair.



    I am still 700 miles from Les Sables d’Olonne. The conditions will weaken as of tomorrow. The routing I have just now has me getting there is four days but there are tacks on to port which I cant really make and so I am not really sure how long it will take me.



    It hurts a lot because of the big investment for so long, with all the sponsors like Bureau Vallée, for the whole team. It is such a shock, a feeling of injustice. Of course it is part of the sport but a setback like this is not easy to deal with. You just don’t believe it will happen.”

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    4 boats damaged in 4 days? What did the French guys do to piss off the fishermen of the world?

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    Here are the video highlights of the fifth day of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe, Wednesday, November 14, 2012, with Louis Burton's hitting a fishing boat
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    Christ almighty, they haven't even hit heavy weather yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headway View Post


    Race Direction of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race took a call at 0310hrs CET this morning from Louis Burton on Bureau Valley. He reported that he had been hit a glancing blow by a trawler on the port side of his IMOCA Open 60.


    At the time Bureau Valley was about 400 Nm west of Lisbon. He was asleep in the cockpit with his AIS and radar both active. At the time he was making around 18kts with 32kts of SW’ly wind which was making visibility limited.

    Burton quickly turned to a NE’ly, downwind course, securing the rig. He found a shroud damaged about 1.8m off the deck. The skipper is fine and is waiting for sunrise (around 0930hrs CET) to make a more complete assessment of the damage to the port shroud before making any decisions.




    http://tracking2012.vendeeglobe.org/en/




    After bouncing off a fishing boat in bad visibility and damaging his port shroud very early this morning, Louis Burton indicated this afternoon that he intends to sail the 700 miles back to the start to try and effect a suitable repair in Les Sables d'Olonne. .

    The skipper of Bureau Vallée believes his ascent back across the Bay of Biscay will take him around four days. The race rules prescribe that the start line closes at 1302hrs on the Tuesday 20th of November. According to him their biggest hurdle is having to replace the custom shroud itself, the manufacture of which would normally take three weeks.

    The weather is due to ease for his passage back to Les Sables d’Olonne but his immediate problem is that he cannot tack on to port. Burton said:

    “ My main emotion is just shock and I am pretty depressed that I have to get back to Les Sables d’Olonne.

    In fact I was going through the front and had a couple of hours to go and had 30-35kts of wind. There was very poor visibility, rough seas and I had the radar and the AIS on. I was under the canopy to nap a bit and was making about 20kts. I turned my head bit and so a medium sized trawler slide along the hull. I grabbed a light to inspect the hull in a panic to see if it was OK. I was relieved but then saw the damage to the shroud. I tacked on to starboard immediately and focused first on Lisbon looking to get to land as quickly as possible.
    At dawn I took some photos and sent them to the technical team to give them an indication of the level and type of damage. For sure the damage is just too much to continue like this. There might be a way to get back to Les Sables d’Olonne and away on time, but we need to make a custom piece which will not be easy because it usually takes about three weeks. For the moment I'm confident. I'm trying to get the boat back to Les Sables as quickly as possible, taking into account I can't change tack without the risk of capsizing I will try to get back to Les Sables d’Olonne as quickly as possible to save as much time for the repair.



    I am still 700 miles from Les Sables d’Olonne. The conditions will weaken as of tomorrow. The routing I have just now has me getting there is four days but there are tacks on to port which I cant really make and so I am not really sure how long it will take me.



    It hurts a lot because of the big investment for so long, with all the sponsors like Bureau Vallée, for the whole team. It is such a shock, a feeling of injustice. Of course it is part of the sport but a setback like this is not easy to deal with. You just don’t believe it will happen.”

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    Although I have sympathy for the guys dropping out....
    While traveling at 18-20 knots in poor visibility at night and napping near a known fishing ground it's hard to think that "...Struck By Fishing Boat." is entirely accurate. These boats appear to be big enough to do serious damage to other vessels that may not be able to avoid them. Who hit whom is a question that may come up more often as the speed and power of around the world boats continue to develop.
    Additionally the use of entirely custom one of a kind materials such as the shroud described as damaged greatly diminishes the ability to repair or jury rig and continue to the next port.
    Duct tape and bailing wire creative construction techniques are entertaining and should add to the drama of this kind of race.

    Perhaps the organizers could create waypoints that direct the fleet away from known cargo routs and fishing grounds.??

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    "Perhaps the organizers could create waypoints that direct the fleet away from known cargo routs and fishing grounds.?? "

    Easier to herd cats

  7. #17
    Better to herd cats than collide at sea...

    They establish "Ice Gates" for most of these OTW races, why not make an attempt to avoid fishing and other vessels where they are known to loiter?
    If not, the sponsors of these events may eventually have negative publicity and lawsuits to contend with.
    The whole "proper lookout" issue is hard to defend when you are traveling at speed with limited visibility. If you're sleeping as well, who is at fault in a collision?
    Must be the guys fishing for a living.

  8. #18
    Icebergs tend to stay below certain latitudes.

    Fishermen follow fish, which are less observant of latitude and follow bait, which follow moving currents.

    You ever tried to tell a Frenchman where to sail?

  9. #19
    So ---
    You're saying it doesn't matter if high speed racing sailors fly through the ocean with no consideration for other traffic?

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    Here's Alex Thomson avoiding fishing boats, hopefully!
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