After hitting an unidentified object in the middle of the night at 37 knots which caused extensive damage to their daggerboard, Banque Populaire V has abandoned their attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy “crewed” record. According to crew member Brian Thompson’s blog, they had initially intended to continue on with their attempt at the record, but after determining the extent of the damage and weighing the risks and likelihood of the boat being able to break the record in its current state, they decided it was best to return to Lorient and make an attempt at the trophy at a later date.
Thompson says, “Everyone on board realises that it was the only sensible option. We tried really hard to keep going after the accident, but some things are just not going to happen in the way that you want them to. The good thing about the Jules Verne Trophy is that it can happen when you want, its not like the Vendee that occurs once every four years. The team are already planning improvements, ready for the next try.”
For more information, go to www.brianthompsonsailing.blogspot.com.