Currently Loick Peyron on Banque Populaire VII is leading the field in the Route du Rhum.
Thomas Coville on Sodebo Ultime has been forced to retire after suffering float and main hull damage after a collision with a cargo ship. Skipper is uninjured and coaxing the boat to the Port of Roscoff:
a rough bing translate of the article here:
Sunday, November 2 at 11: 30 pm, the Cross has informed the direction of the Route du Rhum race - Destination Guadeloupe than Sodebo Ultim' had collided with a cargo ship and its skipper was unharmed. The trimaran was almost out of the rail and sailed under 3 reefs and ORC, progressing at a speed of 15/18 knots in Active grains by 30 knots of wind Southwest.
In the clash, the trimaran has lost forward of the starboard float until the link arm. The central hull seems to have been also damaged at the front. Sodebo Ultim' is headed for the port of Roscoff, crosswind, under reduced sail, supported on the port float. Currently forward in a dozen nodes. In approaching the coast of Brittany, the wind will ease and the sea is mellowing. Its technical team which was on standby in Brest will travel at night to Roscoff where the trimaran is expected in the morning.
More bad news with the Multi50 Maitre Jacques being forced to retire with starboard float damage:
rough bing translate below:
To 11 pm this Sunday, the starboard float of Maître Jacques broke. He then was in 4th position of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, in the category of Multi 50. Loïc Féquet was about to wrap the tip of Brittany, and was sailing near the coast. It is not in danger, there is no risk of Dismasting, but the boat is not operating.
A tug of the SNSM comes from sailing to tow it to the nearest port, it should be on area about 2 o'clock in the morning.
Loïc Féquet, skipper of the Multi 50 master Jacques: "there were 25-28 knots and seas, but I wasn't to attack, on the contrary! I was under two ris staysail. I hit nothing. It broke exactly at the same place as last year *, but this time, the float is brand new... »
The master Jacques skipper has secured his boat. It is only 7 miles (13 km) sides and derivative at two knots approximately to the North. Loïc is inside his boat while awaiting relief.