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First dismasting on the Vendée Globe

Nicolas Troussel, the skipper of Corum L’Epargne, who occupied seventh place in the Vendée Globe, dismasted off Cape Verde. The sailor is not injured and will now take the boat to safety to assess the damage.

We are heading towards the first retirement of the Vendée Globe 2020-21. While the 33 boats are still in the race after a week, which is very rare, Nicolas Troussel will no doubt be forced to give up in the hours to come. His monohull, Corum L’Epargne, indeed dismasted last night in the north-west of Cape Verde, his team announced.

Nicolas Troussel is not injured. He is making the necessary maneuvers to bring the boat to safety. Dawn will allow a better assessment of the situation“, Continues the press release. At the time of dismasting, the 46-year-old skipper was advancing at high speed in the trade winds and was in seventh place in the classification, close to Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2).

We should know more during the day on the rest of the operations, but we can assume that the Finistère will be diverted to Cape Verde. For his first participation, the double winner of the Solitaire du Figaro (2006 and 2008) had a brand new boat, equipped with foils, and which had also been the last monohull of the Vendée Globe to have been launched. water, last May. Michel Desjoyeaux’s protégé (two-time Vendée Globe winner) was a candidate for the final podium, but everything suddenly came to a halt on Monday morning.

VG2020 SAILING / VENDEE GLOBE 2020-2021
Check-in at 9:00 a.m. (French time) – Monday, November 16, 2020
1- Alex Thomson (GBR / Hugo Boss *) 22,130.7 miles from the finish
2- Jean Le Cam (FRA / Yes We Cam!) 80.73 miles behind the leader
3- Thomas Rouillard (FRA / LinkedOut *) at 126.4
4- Charlie Dalin (FRA / Apivia *) at 176.38
5- Kevin Escoffier (FRA / PRB *) at 176.83
6- Benjamin Dutreux (FRA / OMIA – Water Family) at 221.84
7- Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée 2 *) at 252.96
8- Nicolas Troussel (FRA / Corum L’Epargne *) at 255.27
9- Damien Seguin (FRA / Apicil Group) at 265.45
10- Yannick Bestaven (FRA / Maître CoQ IV *) at 271.99

* boat equipped with foils