Another casualty of the race takes the tally to four

Photo: Jean Marie Liot/DPPI

After his collision with a fishing boat off Portugal on Wednesday morning, Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée) was heading to Les Sables d’Olonne to repair and cross the start line before Tuesday 13:02. For his return Bureau Vallée could only sail on a starboard tack because of the damage to the port shroud, sustained in the collision with the fishing boat on Wednesday at 0300hrs (French time). The weather conditions put an end to his hopes and forced him to divert and sail to La Coruña, not return to Les Sables.
Burton was determined to stay in the Vendée Globe. But after doing the routing according to the latest weather forecast, Burton, then lying off the coast of Cape Finisterre, decided to head to the Coruña to save Bureau Vallée’s mast.
The small weather window that was open was closed suddenly. All the scenarios were considered by Louis and the Bureau Vallée team (including towing and starting the engine). But the arrival of stronger wind in the northern part of the Bay of Biscay (20 to 25 knots) forced him onto a port tack, making the return to Les Sables d’Olonne dangerous. With the damage to the port shroud there would have been a real risk of dismasting.

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