Guyot Eco-Team EuropeA team that has Tamara Echegoyan as a reserve crew member continues to come with tails in it Ocean Race. The European-flagged boat, which had already had to withdraw from the third stage due to problems with its IMOCA rudder, The mast has broken off in the North Atlantic, 600 miles east of Newport, Rhode Island, The conditions the boats are facing are very difficult and Guyot This is the second catastrophe since Team Holcim-PRB suffered on 27 April, It is a heavy blow for Guyot as he was only two days away from crossing the finish line of this fourth stage. Yes actually, All crew members are safe and intensive work is underway to secure the ship.
The organization is trying to gather as much information as possible, but what has been gleaned so far is that the teams are facing some of the toughest conditions in The Ocean Race. Guyot was fourth when Eco-Team Europe was destroyed and was navigate With hurricane force winds and gusts in excess of 30 knots, Now IMOCA, with the European flag, will try to reach port as soon as possible and start repairs once the boat is secured as the fifth phase starts on the 21st of this month, from Newport to Aarhus.
As an example, one can take the Guyot team Holcim-prb. Two days after the start of the fourth stage, he was disbanded, abandoned (he returned to Brazil) and focused on his objectives. Be able to rejoin in time for the transatlantic race from Newport to Aarhus. This fifth stage in The Ocean Race will be very important as it will double in value. “It was a very difficult decision, but common sense prevailed. Since our destruction, the entire team has been fully focused on finding the best solution so that we can return to competition in a solid way. Again in this fourth round Starting will allow us to get a point, but not have time to line up at the start of the next stage in Newport. The stakes of our game are very high for the fifth stage and we want to be able to present ourselves at our best for this stage which will be double counting, We are still aiming for victory in this race around the world,” commented skipper Kevin Escoffier.
Holcim-PRB’s new mast is about to arrive in Newport, although the journey on the cargo ship IMOCA will still take at least ten days. In the best of cases, the boat will be in Newport on the 18th of this month, so they will have just over 48 hours to fix it up and prepare for the fifth leg, which will sail across Europe to Aarhus. “I know everyone is very organized and united so that we can reach Newport on time. I have full faith in my team to face this collective challenge. I have only one wish, to continue this magical run . At Newport, at the start of stage five, we may still be at the front of the general classification. Mechanical breakdowns are a part of our sport, we accept it. The next stage will be decisive for the rest of the race and we are hoping to give our best, as we have done so far”, said Escoffier. On the other hand, with 400 miles to go to complete the fourth stage, the 11th hour Ki Raas and Team Malizia are playing to win.