The race is already over for him. A little over a week after setting off from Les Sables-d’Olonne, Nicolas Troussel was forced to retire on Monday. The latest generation boat, known as the “steering wheel” of the skipper (Corum L’Epargne) dismasted on the night from Sunday to Monday off Cape Verde, the Vendée Globe organizers announced on Monday, specifying that the sailor no was not hurt.
“He is making the necessary maneuvers to bring the boat to safety. Sunrise will allow a better assessment of the situation, ”explains his team on Twitter.
“The boat takes off and falls regularly, as if there was sea, explained Nicolas Troussel on Monday morning. It puts a lot of stress on the boat, you have to be careful and not pull on it too much. “
Launching delayed by the coronavirus
His boat was only launched in early May due to the health crisis. A very short time to tame such a modern sailboat.
This is the first retirement of the 2020 Vendée Globe. 32 competitors are still in the race even if one of the favorites, Jérémie Beyou (Charal), was forced to return to Les Sables-d’Olonne to carry out repairs on his ship after hitting an ofni (unidentified floating object). It is still in the Vendée port.
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