After a good start in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Morgan Lagravière and Nicolas Lunven were forced to turn back home last night. The cause was a crack in the hull at the starboard foil that generated a leak. It is impossible to continue the race in this condition. Contacted this morning, the Safran duo are headed for Brest where they are expected in the middle of the night.
On Monday night at 2020hrs (French time), Morgan Lagravière contacted the race management to inform them of damage to Safran and announce his decision to head back to the port of Brest, in Brittany. Joining by the official race radio this morning, Lagravière detailed the nature of the damage and the circumstances in which it occurred: “The foil area is damaged on the starboard side,” Lagravière said. “The damage has spread around the area and water is seeping into the boat. We quickly tacked to get the damaged section of the hull out of the water. At the time of the incident, the conditions were intense but not extreme. There were 25-knots of wind and 3-4 metres of swell. The sea was not particularly rough and we didn’t hear a particular sound.”