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Javier Sanso in his liferaft awaiting rescue

This Sunday morning 3rd February around 1049hrs UTC two distress beacons of ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered, skippered by Spanish solo sailor Javier Sanso which is racing in the Vendée Globe non stop solo round the world race were triggered. The alarms were received at 1052hrs UTC.

At 1049hrs UTC the boat was positioned at 31° 59.00 N 27 26.24 W, so 500 miles west of Madeira and 360 miles south of the Azores island of Sao Miguel

Weather conditions in the area that Sanso was sailing were a NE’ly wind of 15kts. The boat was racing upwind in a moderate trade winds swell. Prior to the incident all was reported to be well on board, only minutes before Sanso had e-mailed a daily report to Race Direction.

At 1110hrs UTC (1210hrs local time Les Sables d’Olonne, France) Vendée Globe Race Direction were alerted by Ricardo Maldonado, the manager of ACCIONA sailing team, who informed Vendee Globe Race Direction that MRCC Madrid had received the warning that two EPIRB distress beacons (COSPAS/SARSAT) had been activated.

Immediately Race Direction in Les Sables d’Olonne, the MRCC Ponta Delgada (Azores) and CROSS Griz Nez tried to contact the IMOCA Open 60 ACCIONA but received no reply.

MRCC Ponta Delgada then requested an aerial reconnaissance of the area by plane. A C295 plane was on zone by 1630hrs UTC. On arrival they found Javier Sanso in his liferaft. Sanso made hand signals and smoke signals (smoke hand flare) next to his capsized boat.

At 1650hrs UTC this information was confirmed to Race Direction by MRCC Ponta Delgada.

At 1750hrs UTC an EH101 helicopter was dispatched from the Azores island of Terceira heading to the zone to effect the rescue of Javier Sanso and is expected to be in the area by 2300hrs UTC.

6 Comments

  1. Raketen Feb 3, 2013 Reply

    Fy f.. vad tråkigt!
    Så nära.. Dessutom gillar jag det “ekologiska” konceptet/tänket.

    Verkar som det gått bra ändå (livet i behåll). Vilket är
    det viktigaste.

  2. Author
    Peter Gustafsson Feb 4, 2013 Reply

    Javier Sanso (ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered) safe and sound

    4th February 2013

    Lifted off his liferaft by helicopter at 2340hrs UTC last night Javier Sanso, the Spanish skipper of ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered arrived to the Azores island of Terceira at 0330hrs UTC this morning. He was examined by a doctor in the helicopter who did not find any signs of hypothermia and at the military base in Terceira the Spanish sailor was further examined by doctors. At 0430hrs UTC Sanso made a call to Vendée Globe Race Direction to confirm that all is well.

    • MeaDiva Feb 4, 2013 Reply

      Skönt att se att SAR systemet fungerar!
      /Tobias

  3. Henrik Hydén Feb 4, 2013 Reply

    Ännu en tappad köl… många tusen kilo bly på botten efter VG.

  4. Pelle Feb 4, 2013 Reply

    Det verkar allt som om kölen behövs, även på en IMOCA “maskin”. Kanske något för ingenjörerna att fundera lite närmare på.. ;-)

    • Raketen Feb 4, 2013 Reply

      Ja, nog för att optimera. Men det är inte heller snabbt att inte ta sig runt..
      Sista VOR var det väl inge problem med kölarna? konstruktions regler?

      Skulle inte förvåna mig om det inte kommer någon form av regelförändring, för åtminstånde kölkonstruktionen.

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