Transat Jacques Vabre - Class 40 Concise 8 quits

Class 40 Concise 8 - Sam Goodchild - Ned Collier Wakefield
In the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre double-handed race from Le Havre to Itajaí, Brazil, British co-skippers Ned Collier Wakefield and Sam Goodchild are safely in Muros, NW Spain with their Class 40, Concise 8 this morning, having confirmed their abandonment. Their boat suffered damage to the blade of its port rudder last night and was followed by damage to other essential fittings.

The incident happened yesterday evening at between 2100hrs and 2200hrs UTC while racing in 25-26kts of NE’ly winds and rough seas when they were approximately 45 miles NW of Cape Finisterre.

Class 40 Concise 8 / Ned Collier Wakefield - Sam Goodchild portrait prior to the Transat Jacques Vabre in Le Havre (North France)

Further information will be distributed in the early afternoon.

Solidaires en Peloton the French Class 40 co-skippered by Victorien Erussard and Thibaut Vauchel-Camus will make a technical stop, expected to be in Cascais.

Class 40 Solidaires En Peloton - Victorien Erussard, Thibaut Vauchel-Camus

Update on Arkema-Region Aquitaine after capsize Sunday evening:
A tug has left Lisbon last night at 2200hrs UTC and will arrive on zone tomorrow morning.