Man kan segla AC45 i New York eller Mini Maxis på Mallis, men The Transat bakerly är det coolaste racet just nu. Från Gabart och Coville i sina 100-fotare till unga tjejer i Class 40. Och så Loick Peyron i klassiska Pen Duick II.han verkar också vara den enda som har valt den stenhårda norra rutten.
Vi har också haft den första olyckan:
Solo yachtsman crashes into containership on the second day of The Transat bakerly
A French yachtsman competing in The Transat bakerly solo transatlantic race from Plymouth to New York, was forced to abandon the race today after his boat crashed into a container ship.
Maxime Sorel on board the yacht VandB was among the leaders in the 10-strong Class40 fleet, as the boats raced downwind in the northern Bay of Biscay about 90 nautical miles west of Lorient, when he reported a collision.
The boat suffered damage to its bowsprit, forcing Sorel to head to the French port La Trinite sur Mer in Brittany. Sorel is safe and uninjured and the boat’s mast is stable but he is very disappointed to have to retire.
The collision happened in broad daylight and good visibility this morning, in an area of busy commercial shipping off the Brittany coast.
Sorel said he was keeping watch as VandB sailed under spinnaker but he did not see the cargo ship. “I was not sailing particularly fast and I tried to avoid it but it was too late,” said the French skipper as he limped toward the coast.
He said he had two options when he realised a collision was inevitable. Either hit the ship lengthways which risked bringing VandB’s mast down or hit the ship at an angle, helping to confine the damage to the bowsprit. “I’m stressed seeing all these freighters around me,” he added. “I have this image in my head and when I see one, I get stressed about it.”
Sorel is hoping to reach port tomorrow morning. Reflecting on the cruel hand that fate played, he commented: “I’m disappointed. You (the organisers) called me this morning to tell me that I was leading the Class40s and now you call to talk to me about why I am giving up. It’s disappointing to have to retire like this.”
Just jämförelsen mellan en modern IMOCA och den båt som Eric Tabarly seglade 1964 är ganska kul…