For f**k’s sake. “In four seconds the boat nosedived, the bow folded at 90 degrees. I put my head down in the cockpit, a wave was coming. I had time to send one text before the wave fried the electronics. It was completely crazy. It folded the boat in two.”
These are the words of Kevin Escoffier, safely aboard Yes We Cam! after last night’s dramatic rescue in the Southern Ocean, talking about the destruction of his Imoca. Serious questions need to be answered now. These are balls-out carbon racing machines that have done thousands of miles in training so what’s going on here? First we had Hugo Boss cracked to buggery in the bow area and now we have boats folding in two on big rollers.
This is surely insanity? I know the loads are huge and that the Southern Ocean is a wild beast but come on, this is beyond acceptable.