On November 4, Alex Thomson announced his withdrawal from the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019. The Anglo-Saxon skipper and his coskipper had violently struck an OFNI the day before, which had seriously damaged their keel. Trying to preserve it by stabilizing it, they had finally decided to dump it, this compromising the integrity of the boat.
The two sailors – in agreement with their shore crew, based in Gosport on the southern coast of Britain – had decided to head for Cape Verde. This is how they traveled, without keel, 400 miles to reach the African islands.
Arriving at the port, they were joined by members of their technical team in Sao Vincente, Cape Verde, to moor the boat safely at the port.
Upon arrival, Thomson said: "It was a pretty scary experience for both of us and we are very happy to be safely on the ground with the team, and now the next steps are to get the boat out of the water to do a good job. thorough evaluation of the damage.
We will then return the boat to the United Kingdom to begin the necessary repairs, with the aim of relaunching it as quickly as possible.
This is of course a failure, but the team will do everything in its power to move quickly. With regard to our goal of winning the Vendée Globe in 2020-2021? Nothing changes. This remains the only goal of our team. "
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