“Kisses my quail, thank you! “ Five days after being rescued by his compatriot Jean Le Cam (Yes-We-Cam!), French skipper Kevin Escoffier (PRB) was recovered by the French Navy, his team announced Sunday, December 6.
On Monday, he had to abandon his boat, the victim of a major waterway, to board his life raft as he sailed in third position, in the Southern Seas, towards the Cape of Good Hope. He had been recovered safe and sound, after an eleven hour wait, by Jean Le Cam during the night from Monday to Tuesday.
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During the night from Saturday to Sunday, Kevin Escoffier was able to leave the Yes-We-Cam by Jean Le Cam to embark on the Nivose, a French Navy frigate, which will bring him back to land, to Reunion. “The skipper of PRB first jumped into the water before being recovered aboard a French Navy semi-rigid (…), then was greeted by the crew of the Nivose “, specified the Escoffier team in a press release. Jean Le Cam was thus able to resume his solo route for this Vendée Globe.
Since Saturday, Jean Le Cam and Kevin Escoffier were in “Direct contact with Captain Frédéric Barbe and Lieutenant Jérémie Lefebvre to refine a meeting point in the middle of the Indian Ocean and recover the skipper from PRB “, told the team of the latter.
The approach of the frigate and Yes-We-Cam was very complicated during the day on Saturday, then overnight, due to the extreme weather conditions in the area: ” the Nivose was sailing at the end of the afternoon yesterday in heavy seas and 40 knots of wind “, said Kevin Escoffier’s team. It was finally to the north of Île aux Cochons and Île de la Possession, at 40 ° 15 ‘South latitude and 52 ° 20’ East longitude, that the two boats were able to transfer the skipper.
Kevin Escoffier, a very experienced 40-year-old sailor, took part for the first time in the Vendée Globe, at the helm of a first-generation flying boat, which left the shipyards just eleven years ago.
With two round-the-world crewed races with stopovers (Volvo Ocean Race), one of which was victorious in 2018, Escoffier quickly placed in the leading group and took third place in the Vendée Globe for the first time in the night from Sunday to Monday.
After the abandonment on Saturday of the English Samantha Davies, there are still 28 boats in the race in this round the world led by Charlie Dalin (Apivia), which further widened the gap. The descent of the Atlantic has already done a lot of damage, especially in “latest generation” boats outfitted with foils (massive lateral appendages), with the abandonment of Nicolas Troussel (Corum-L’Epargne), Alex Thomson (Hugo-boss), Kevin Escoffier (PRB) and Sébastien Simon (Arkéa-Paprec).