Route du Rhum–Destination Guadeloupe: Reassuring news from our skipper, Lalou Roucayrol
Following the capsize in very sudden and violent squalls, the skipper made immediate contact with his onshore support team to tell them he was safe and well and ask them to organize rescue operations.
First step: assessing the situation and inspecting the boat
The skipper of the Multi50, who is safe inside the boat, checked out the integrity of his overturned boat: it is structurally intact.
Rescue operation organized
Team Arkema Lalou Multi, in close cooperation with the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe Race Management, assisted by CROSS Gris-Nez, has organized rescue operations for the skipper and his trimaran Arkema. At the request of the Race Management, Pierre Antoine on board the trimaran Olmix (Rhum Multi) is currently diverting to give assistance to Lalou Roucayrol.
Meanwhile, Quentin Vlamynck, boat captain of the Multi50 Arkema, boarded a towing vessel which has set off from Martinique this Thursday 15 November, to meet up with Olmix, the objective being for Lalou to get onboard with a rigid-hulled inflatable boat on board the towing vessel, in order to join the Multi50 Arkema salvage team. The towing vessel will then take approximately 2 days at sea to reach the area.
This procedure involving transfer at sea is unprecedented in the history of ocean racing.