French sailor res­cued in Golden Globe Race

Third south­ern ocean res­cue as french sailor dis­masted

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A third com­peti­tor in the 2018 Golden Globe solo race was res­cued from the South­ern Ocean in Oc­to­ber. French sailor Loïc Lepage set off his EPIRB on 20 Oc­to­ber when his Ni­chol­son 32 Lala­land was dis­masted 670 miles south-west of Perth and be­gan tak­ing large amounts of wa­ter.

Lepage, 62, who had joined the event’s Chich­ester class af­ter mak­ing a re­pair stop in Cape Town, man­aged to cut away his rig­ging.

An Royal Aus­tralian Air Force search and res­cue plane lo­cated him and a Ja­panese bulk car­rier, Shio­sai, di­verted to Lepage’s po­si­tion, as did an­other yachts­man, Fran­cis Tolan, who is mak­ing a solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion in his Beneteau Ocea­nis 43, Al­izes II.

Fol­low­ing Lepage’s evac­u­a­tion to the Ja­panese ship, his tracker ceased trans­mit­ting and it is as­sumed the yacht sank.

At the same time, Britain’s Susie Goodall,

29, ly­ing in 4th place, sur­vived a “hor­rific” storm 250 miles south-west of Aus­tralia, dur­ing which her Rustler 36, DHL Starlight, was knocked down three times. “The storm re­ally kicked in be­tween 9pm and 9am. I had 70 knot winds and 13m seas,” she re­ported. “They were nasty… prac­ti­cally ver­ti­cal, with break­ing crests. I don’t know how we got through it. My self-steer­ing broke and I had to hand-steer for seven hours. We suf­fered sev­eral knock­downs and I feared that we might get rolled at any time.”

She re­ported that her vane steer­ing was “work­ing but not very well. It will only hold a course on a beam reach, so I am hav­ing to hand steer at the mo­ment.”

Goodall was ex­pected to reach the half­way stage of the race, a ren­dezvous gate off Ho­bart, in early Novem­ber.

Aus­tralian SAR air­craft spots sailor Loïc Lepage on his dis­masted Nic 32

Loïc Lepage was 670 miles from land when he lost his rig

Susie Goodall, left, is rac­ing her Rustler 36, DHL Starlight

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