Team Actual and the solo Westabout circumnavigation

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  1. Corley
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    It's great to see an Ultime trimaran having a crack at the solo Westabout circumnavigation record. It's been on Yves Le Blevec's agenda for a number of years and he had planned at one stage to use Ellen McCarthur's old trimaran (B&Q/Castorama) to make the attempt. In the interim they have acquired the former Sodebo and are using it instead. The team have left the routing open to either go through South East Asia or through the Southern Ocean I gather that the weather routing models will make that decision for them when the time comes (They have changed that now on the tracker but they certainly left the option open in the past).

    You can find the tracker here: https://www.teamactual.eu/la-cartographie/

    Currently team Actual are ahead of the previous monohull record holder by nearly 2000 nm.
     
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    Yves Le Blevec has rounded Cape Horn now, he had to wait a little for weather before doing so. The time thus far is 14 days 1 hour 34 minutes. He is 2600nm ahead of the previous record holder at this point.
     
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    Sorry to hear of the boat failure.
    Hope Yves is picked up OK.
    Designers and fabricators would love to get the boat back but its the Horn.
     
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    From the Actual web site :
    "The skipper Actual had doubled the Horn at 1h 34min in the night from Wednesday to Thursday 14 December, in difficult weather conditions: 30 to 50 knots, bursts to 70 just before crossing the Cape, a sea of 5 to 6 meters.
    At 4:21 am, this Thursday morning, Yves le Blevec triggered his first distress beacon. 40 minutes later, he operated his second beacon, confirming the seriousness of the situation. The CROSS immediately alerted the Chilean MRCC, the organization responsible for safety at sea for this area.
    The technical team was able to join Yves: he is not injured, he is safe inside his boat while waiting for help. One of the trimaran's port aka broke, causing the Ultim to capsize. The west-northwest wind was 30 to 40 knots at the time of the capsizing, with waves 5m. The situation is stabilized, the boat is about thirty miles in the south-west of Cape Horn, it drifts a little to the south-east, a safe zone."
     
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    News from Actual web site :
    "A passenger boat was rerouted this morning by the Chilean MRCC to come and rescue Yves le Blevec, still safe inside his boat. It should be on zone in the afternoon."
     
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    Too bad-glad le Blevec is ok......
     

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