Thibaut Vauchel-Camus, who capsized on Saturday evening on the Route du Rhum, was rescued on Sunday morning after spending the night in the central hull of his trimaran (Solidarity in platoon-Arsep). The news was announced by his team. The rescue boat Meridachartered by former skipper Adrien Hardy especially for this type of operation, arrived in the area at night and was able to recover Vauchel-Camus once daybreak.
Vauchel-Camus heads for the Azores
The team of Merida is now working to secure the capsized trimaran with the aim of towing it to the Azores, 240 miles further south.
While leading the provisional classification of the Ocean Fifty (15m trimarans), Vauchel-Camus capsized for an as yet undetermined reason. He had just crossed the short but violent cold front which shook almost the entire fleet and caused three dismasting as well as numerous more or less serious damages.
“It was freaking awesome”
The three skippers who dismasted – Louis Burton (Valley OfficeImoca category), Amélie Grassi (The Organic BakerClass40) and Aurélien Ducroz (CrosscallClass40) – are also unscathed and are making slow progress towards Cape Finisterre, west of Spain.
Yoann Richomme (Paprec-ArkeaClass40) testified on Sunday morning to the tense hours of Saturday evening: “ The boat was jumping in the waves. It was creepy as hell. I thought we were going to blow it all up. »