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Transat Jacques Vabre: Mast 'Implosion' for Bureau Vallée

9th November 2021
Louis Burton and co-skipper Davy Beaudart in Bureau Bureau Vallée were dismasted in the early stage of the Transat Jacques Vabre
Louis Burton and co-skipper Davy Beaudart in Bureau Bureau Vallée were dismasted in the early stage of the Transat Jacques Vabre

A dismasting, spring tides and light winds have made the first 36 hours of the Transat Jacques Vabre offshore race very tricky for the fleet of 79 boats.

Louis Burton and co-skipper Davy Beaudart have reached the port of St Malo with their damaged boat Bureau Vallee. They are the first boat forced to abandon this 15th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre race following a dramatic dismasting just 10 hours from the start.

"Our speed was 18-19 knots when it broke. I was in the cockpit trimming, Davy was sailing. The first sound was like an explosion, the mast didn't fall down, it imploded. Then there was a cracking sound and we heard a crash on the deck. Then we realised that the mast had fallen down."

"The first sound was like an explosion, the mast didn't fall down, it imploded"

There were problems also for Equipe Voile Parkinson in the Class 40 fleet. An issue with the bowsprit forced the French pair of Florian Gueguen and Raphael Auffret to stop in Cherbourg for repairs. Tonight, they have almost caught up and are just 20 nautical miles from the rear of the fleet.

After a lively start on Saturday afternoon, conditions in the English channel have since proved very tricky, with light winds and strong spring tides. However, the Ultimes have now started the run south across the Bay of Biscay with little to separate them. Banque Populaire is nudging ahead but Sodebo and Actual are side by side and only a whisker's length behind.

The Ocean Fifty multihulls are right on the stern of the Ultimes with Koesio and Primonial seemingly inseparable, for now.

Charlie Dalin and Paul Meilhat on Apivia, winner of the last edition, are already well ahead of the other IMOCAs. The French pair entered the Bay of Biscay in the early evening almost 40 miles ahead of second placed Fortinet-Best Western sailed by Romain Attanasio and Sebastien Marsset.

Meanwhile still battling currents and light winds in the English channel are the Class 40. Winner in 2019, Ian Lipinski on Credit Mutuel is chasing down the leader Project Rescue Ocean which only has a 4 mile lead.

RANKINGS NOVEMBER 08 at 08:00 pm


1. Project Rescue Ocean - Distance to destination 4352,67

2. Crédit Mutuel - Distance to destination 4356,21

3. La Manche #EvidenceNautique - Distance to destination 4356,28


1. Koesio - Distance to destination 5410,71

2. Primonial - Distance to destination 5413,4

3. Arkema 4 - Distance to destination 5416,97


1. Apivia - Distance to destination 5451,68

2. Fortinet - Best Western - Distance to destination 5487,17

3. 11th Hour Racing Team - Malama - Distance to destination 5492,12


1. Banque Populaire XI - Distance to destination 7556,92

2. Sodebo Ultim 3 - Distance to destination 7565,35

3. Actual Ultim 3 - Distance to destination 7566,01

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