The Catalan skipper Didac Costa, who suffered water damage shortly after the start of the Vendée Globe on Sunday, was forced to return to Les Sables d’Olonne. Having now repaired the damage to the electrical system on his One Planet One Ocean, he set sail again today at 1140hrs UTC crossing the line between the Nouch S buoy and a GPS point. He is 1134 miles from the leader and 770 miles from his nearest rival, Sébastien Destremau.
Since the engine and batteries were flooded after a ballast tank pipe leaked water, the Catalan and his team have been hard at work in Port-Olona.The generator was replaced with a new alternator, “a fast track solution, which means more frequent charging and more fuel than initially planned”. Several other elements, including a desalinator, have been replaced on the boat.
Everyone has been pulling together to lend a helping hand over the past few days.”Nothing would have been possible without the help and support of the other teams and the fire officers in Les Sables d’Olonne, who gave us a lot of their time and energy.I am now really motivated to get back in the race. I need to complete this voyage to thank all these people who helped me,” said the skipper before casting off.