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Route du Rhum: Sam Davies out with hull delamination

by Initiatives-Cœur Media 6 Nov 2018 22:46 GMT 7 November 2018
Initiatives Coeur Route de Rhum - September 2018 © Vincent Curutchet

Sam Davies one of the world's top trans-oceanic skippers has been forced out of the 2018 Route du Rhum with hull delamination aboard the IMOCA60 Initiatives-Cœur.

Whilst facing a very rough seas in the depression sweeping the Bay of Biscay, Sam Davies informed her team on Tuesday, November 6 at 17:00 (French time) of troubling and persistent noises coming from the hull of her 60ft monohull yacht, Initiatives-Cœur. As the noise became louder the British-born, Brittany-based skipper found that the bottom of the hull was damaged.

After speaking to the architects she was able to diagnose a significant delamination in the living area, consistent with the strong impact of the waves in this raging storm. Davies is fine, she has diverted course to preserve her boat.

More information to follow in the coming hours.

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