In the first 48 hours of the race, a few people have had trouble.
First trouble hit the Ultime class trimarans. Armel Le Cléac’h capsizes but is reported safe.
The French superstar sailor Armel Le Cléac’h has capsized in his maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire IX, in the most serious incident yet to hit the fleet as the skippers contend with a major storm in the Atlantic.
But not the only problems encountered by these huge trimarans.
First to go was Seb Josse after Maxi Edmond de Rothschild broke her starboard hull; then Thomas Coville followed Josse in seeking refuge in La Coruna in northern Spain when Sodebo Ultim’ suffered structural failure in its forward beam.
And the monohulls also have had problems with that storm. Goodchild and Joschke dismasted as gale hits.
The second night of racing proved brutal for British skipper Sam Goodchild who was dismasted while lying in third place in Class40 on Narcos Mexico and Franco-German racer Isabelle Joschke whose mast also broke on her IMOCA, MONIN. Both skippers are safe and are heading for port.
All that transpired in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of Spain.