At 08:20 UTC MRCC GRIS NEZ contacts OGR Race Control after stating a PLB had been activated. The HEX related to a crew member on board Neptune (56). At 08:25 UTC OGR receives a call from Neptune that the PLB activation was a FALSE ALARM.
Outlaw (08) rescues a drifting mariner 90 miles west of Dakar. The lone male, believed to be from Senegal, had no water, limited fuel in 2 small fuel cans, no fishing gear and no sign of a radio.
Sterna (42) experiences a major spinnaker broach surfing in strong trades of 25-30kts in 3-4 metre seas. Sterna was pinned down for roughly seven minutes with the spinnaker full of water before the main could be lowered and sheets/guy released. The spinnaker pole was destroyed, but all is well onboard with no injuries.
The Skeleton Crew leave Portugal after carrying out repairs to Godspeed (01). OGR Race Control decides that Godspeed will not be considered in any official ranking of Leg 1 but will remain as full entrants and considered as official finishers of Leg 1 once they arrive in Cape Town.
Godspeed (01) arrive at Cascais Marina in Portugal to carry out welding repairs. The boom has a crack that spans the entire circumference of the boom just behind the aft edge of the boom vang cradle.
Stéphane Raguenes on board Triana (66) is successfully winched out of the liferaft into a helicopter. At 1830 UTC Portugal MRCC advised that the helicopter had landed safely at Funchal Airport on the island of Madeira and Stéphane was being transported to hospital for treatment.
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Godspeed (01) contacted OGR Race Control reporting their boom had developed a six-inch crack on both sides above the vang following a few days of heavy weather. The team has lowered the mainsail and secured the boom. No one got injured and there was no further damage to the rig. The Skeleton Crew is now diverting to Cascais, where its shore team is hoping to find a quick replacement for a swift turnaround.
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CODE RED: Triana (66) request immediate medivac of casualty. Portugal MRCC approve a medivac by military helicopter.
CODE ORANGE: Stéphane Raguenes, a crew member on board Triana (66) slips on deck causing a severe leg injury. At 15:30 UTC Triana advised they would make for Las Palmas in the Canaries, later altering their course to either Madeira or Porto Santo, approximately 280 miles to the south west.
The yachts cross the Royal Yacht Squadron start line at 13:00. The Ocean Globe Race begins!
Race Start Highlights
The Lord Mayor of Southampton opens the Race Village. The countdown begins.
Galiana WithSecure, skippered by Tapio Lehtinen, was dismasted at 22:30 local time during the Rolex Fastnet Race. The main mast fell down at the lowest spreaders during heavy weather. All crew returned safely to Gosport to carry out repairs.
Press Conference revealing plans for the race village at MDL's Ocean Village Marina.