New York – Vendée. Burton types an ofni before departure, Richomme comes to his aid

New York – Vendée. Burton types an ofni before departure, Richomme comes to his aid
New York – Vendée. Burton types an ofni before departure, Richomme comes to his aid

While he was ferrying towards the start line of the New York Vendée – Les Sables d’Olonne, Louis Burton informed his technical team that he had hit an UFO (unidentified floating object) on Tuesday evening in a area very frequented by marine mammals.

The skipper was not injured at the time of impact.

After inspections carried out from inside the boat and then from outside at daybreak, the boat is seaworthy. However, Louis Burton noticed the breakage of his furling rollers (a part that holds the front sails in place). Not having this replacement part on board, Yoann Richomme, skipper of the Imoca Paprec-Arkéa, lent him a helping hand by offering to transfer the part to him on the water in front of the starting line. The transfer took place at 4:30 p.m. (French time)

“Congratulations for your sportsmanship…”

The skipper of Paprec Arkéa waited this morning for conditions to be calmer in order to pass the piece on to Louis. He put it in a bag, the two boats came together before he sent it to her. Immediately, the sailor from Bureau Vallée set about carrying out the repairs.

A saving helping hand which allowed Louis Burton to be able to present himself on the starting line at 2 p.m. this Wednesday (local time, 8 p.m. in France). This allows me to tackle this transatlantic race in good conditions, Louis relishes. I really want to thank Yoann. Bravo for your sportsmanship. I really appreciate it, I owe you one!

Upon receipt, Louis Burton carried out the repair and will therefore start the New York Vendée – Les Sables d’Olonne alongside the other competitors.

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