|Vincent Riou je odustao!|
|Novosti - Dnevne novosti|
|Autor Tomi Bobinec|
|Utorak, 20 Svibanj 2008 21:58|
Vincent Riou to abandon ship
Vincent Riou reported hitting a large sea mammal at 3:00 AM this morning, but his initial assessment was that the damage remained superficial... The skipper realised this afternoon that one of his keel pins was missing, and that the appendage was only held by the ram used to cant it. With an approaching storm, Vincent Riou has decided to abandon ship and has requested assistance. Loick Peyron onboard Gitana Eighty has been directed towards PRB by the Race Direction team, and should arrive in the vicinity around 17:00 GMT. PRB has dropped her sails, filled her ballast tanks to increase her stability even if the keel was to drop out from the hull. PRB is in 2.5 metres of swell, in 10 knots of NW wind, in light fog and is 530 miles from Halifax (Nova Scotia).
Loick Peyron 5 miles away from PRB
At 16:30 GMT, Loick Peyron was 5,5 miles away from PRB, forced to progress upwind towards the stricken yacht.PRB drifts towards the West at 2 knots.
Vincent Riou safe aboard Gitana Eighty
PRB's skipper is now safe aboard Gitana Eighty, and Loick Peyron is back in full racing mode - his "passenger" prevented from participating in the manoeuvres. PRB has been left with the ballasts full and the sails stacked at the lowest point of the hull in order to stabilise it.
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