Class40s anguish in a “smashed” sea: “I’ve never seen hell”

Martin Le Pape was a witness to the horrific conditions that the Class40 monohulls faced at sea during the storm. These boats suffered a great deal as a result of the storm.

Special correspondent Pointe-à-Pitre

The sailors of the Class40, who are currently enduring severe weather conditions in the northeastern Azores, have a long way to go before they can anticipate the arrival of the trade winds and more consistent breezes. Among them, Martin Le Pape, who is currently in 11th position and chose the northern way to get there, has just disclosed his anxiety in the storm that they have crossed, saying, “It is a hassle. It is the most important battle of the war. There are forty nodes in total. Under J2 there are three reefs in the mainsail that I have set. The waves keep crashing into us and hurting us. I made a hole in the boat. I spoke with the architect, and he believes that it will be okay. Even if I’ll need to fix it later, this is the pits. That has never come up in my experience. It’s high time we put an end to this.

Not everyone was as “fortunate” as the Stargardt Foundation skipper in that they managed to hang on despite the elements being unleashed. Francois Jambo, the skipper of the Class40 A l’Aveugle – Trim Control, was dismasted this afternoon while he was in 23rd place. Jambo was competing in his maiden Route du Rhum and had been experiencing quite a few technical difficulties since the start of the race. The Concarneau native is performing admirably and is helping to keep the ship in order. He is going to make an effort to reach land during jury rigging.

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As for Matthieu Perraut (Inter Invest), he was fighting for a position at the bottom of the podium in the category when he received a rude awakening in the form of an OFNI this past Monday at the beginning of the afternoon. In particular, it caused damage to the keel fairing and a portion of the ship’s port rudder, in addition to causing considerable delamination of the hull bottom in the crash box (the crash box is the area located forward, designed to break without damaging the structure of the boat in the event of an impact). The sailor did not sustain any injuries, but the boat’s condition is such that it cannot continue. The captain is currently making his way toward the island of San Miguel in the Azores, which is located approximately 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the south of where he is currently located. The journey comes to an end for him.

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