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11/07 - 17h56

Mura Making Miles

In the Rhum Class which is much more competitive than the last edition which he won from seven finishers, 1 day and 4 hours ahead of second, Andrea Mura has Anne Caseneuve now over 95 miles directly behind him.  She is on her fifth Route du Rhum and looking to better her second place in the heinous 2002 edition. Sir Robin Knox Johnston is in the midst of a four way fight in seventh, 100 miles shy of fourth. Behind him, just, is Finland's Ari Huusela.
Bob Escoffier spoke of his rescue from his 60 foot monohull yesterday:
" When I woke up, I could hear the sound of water. I thought first of all it was the ballast tanks, as I sleep alongside them. In the end it woke me up, and I realised it was not a normal sound. I could see in the forward cabin that the floorboards were floating. I already had two or three feet of water. I'm not exaggerating. I brought down the mainsail which had three reefs in, furled the staysail to calm down the boat. The boat was heading towards the NE at that point. I went back down below to try to see where all the water was coming from. I lifted up the boards to see if there wasn't a problem with the engine. The water was already halfway up the engine, so I couldn't see anything. I put on my survival suit. I issued a mayday alert on Channel 16 and triggered both my beacons. I let Benjamin Hardouin on Krit'R V know what was happening. At that point, the rescue procedures came into play. I was feeling quite calm, as there were plenty of boats around me, around ten or so within forty miles. My life was not in danger. There was just one scary moment, as there was a huge orange tug, the Sar Gravia towing Pierre Antoine's Olmix, who wanted to tow my boat too. They got within 20 inches and the manoeuvre went wrong. I thought they were going to run into me That was quite scary. When they saw that it wasn't working, they set off again. At that moment, the helicopter arrived. I threw myself in the water, and the helicopter picked me up. I had lost everything. The boat of course, bank card, phone, passport etc. You feel naked when that happens. My dear wife arrived this morning. We slept well and everything is fine

Fellow veteran Patrick Morvan on the tiny tri Ortis  has decided to stop into Peniche just north of Lisbon after dicovering a crack in the forward crossbeam. There was a loud noise and the fissure became evident and so he is halted  into the Portguese haven around 1000hrs this morning. The crack is about 30cms wide.

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