Golden Globe: Loïc Lepage's first hand account of his dismasting & rescue

Golden Globe: Loïc Lepage's first hand account of his dismasting & rescue

In his first communication since being picked up by the Japanese bulk carrier Shiosai on October 22, Loïc Lepage has written a first-hand account of his dismasting and rescue, throwing new light on his experiences (translated from French).

Saturday, October 20 (16.00 local – 10.00 UTC) – Wind SW 25-30 knots and more under frequent squalls. Sea quite strong (4 – 5m). Mainsail set with 2 reefs and jib, broad reaching on starboard tack. Speed 6 knots and more in the squalls. I was reading inside boat.

During one of these squalls I heard the sound of metal breaking in the wind. Time to put on my boots. The mast is tilted a few degrees and is now out of its step on the keel. The lower rear stay had broken. I took over steering from the wind vane and decided to gybe (a faster maneuver than tacking in these seas). By the time Laaland reacts, the mast has taken a greater inclination. It is the running backstay that has now broken. The mast breaks 50cm above the deck. It’s finished.......

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