New “glitch” in the Vendée Globe. And not for just anyone. During the night of Saturday to Sunday 22 November, the team of Briton Alex Thomson, one of the favorites, alerted the race management around the world solo with a ” possible structural problem »On the monohull Hugo Boss.
The alert was given ” at 9 pm “, according to Hubert Lemonnier, deputy race director of Vendée Gobe, who clarified that Alex Thomon « continues its journey at low speed, while waiting for technical solutions to be proposed to it ”.
“For the moment, its course is not disturbed by these concerns, but it is advancing at low speed, at around 6 knots since last night, which means that it has not decided to turn around”, Hubert Lemonnier added. It had already been several hours since the British sailor had demoted to the front of the race, passed by Thomas Rettant (LinkedOut).
« We know that Alex is in contact with his technical team and the architects to assess the internal damage; a check of the whole boat from front to back must be carried out ”, the race management also said.
Before Alex Thomson, it’s another favorite, Jérémie Beyou (Charal), who had been forced, three days after the departure from Sables-d’Olonne (Vendée), to turn around. It had struck an unidentified floating object off the Spanish coast, damaging in particular one of the rudders.
If Jérémie Beyou set sail on November 17, Nicolas Troussel (Corum-L’Epargne) was forced to abandon the same day after dismasting.