Holding 1st place in his Class, Phil pushed Imerys south keeping west of the fleet, and is now leading the Class into the North Atlantic. Miles from the shorts and t-shirt Transat Jacque Vabre and the Route du Rhum, crossing the North Atlantic is tough, with gruelling wet and windy conditions.
“My first night offshore has been quite rewarding, the boat is performing well in these conditions and I am actually having a great time and getting used to the aggressiveness of this racing machine. It’s a true thoroughbred Class40, which comes with racing characteristics, slamming very loud into each wave.” Phil reported.
Today, 3rd May, at 09h59 BST, The Transat bakerly Race Control received a call from the skipper Maxime Sorel aboard the Class40 VandB. He had a serious collision with a cargo ship, and the bowsprit has been damaged, with potential damage to the rig, which is still standing up. The skipper is not injured, and he will now head to La Trinité sur Mer, or Lorient, to assess the damage.
“Really gutted to hear of Maxime’s collision, he’s a seriously good sailor and I’ve been enjoying racing with him. It’s a massive shame. All I can do is wish him a safe journey back to land.” Reported Phil.