27 November 2020 - 09:51 • 21437 views



Thomas Ruyant - LinkedOut explains his foil surgery on the morning radio vac. 

"Yesterday was pretty full on, despite there not being too much breeze and what is good now, is that I have found it a bit and have got out of the high with better sustained wind and hopefully will be into the Indian Ocean soon.

I had a lot to do yesterday to get ready for the South but now things are all sorted, and everything is good on board. I went back up the mast yesterday morning to fix the little issues I had on the top. I worked on my port foil and I had to cut a bit to limit the power and avoid issues further into the race. It was fragile at the elbow or angle and so we decided to cut part the tip to remove some of the power and now it is pulled up and there is no rake, as it had been of no use. There is with just a small bit sticking out of the hull.  I no longer have issues, just missing a small bit, but it is how it is, and it is the Vendée. It is not going to stop me going fast and it is not going to stop me from racing.

I made the most of there being little wind yesterday to deal with the foil. Look out for the video which I will send soon on how I did the foil cutting operation, it was quite a mission!

I had to hang from the foil, and we have all the equipment and tools on board that is needed to do that. So, the tip has been removed; around two metres.

We have thought a lot about the  consequences of cutting back the foil, but it was the balance of what might have happened had we not. The major risk would have been for the foil to break further and damage the outrigger, which could lead to damage to the hull and cause dismasting or damage the foil well which means a leak. There was just too much risk to leave the foil as it was, so we decided to remove the power of the protruding part and remove the wetted tip area.

The foil had always been there, but it was cracked and could have broken during the race.

I have Tristan da Cunha about 100 miles ahead and as I am trying to round the high and get the higher pressure south, I won’t sail past unfortunately. There are some other islands along the way, and I hope I will see a few.

We have been through the last of the light winds; the past three days were really very complicated on the weather front with the front that cut the high in two. Now we are at the end of it and since the early hours I have found the breeze and have around 10 k knots.  Yesterday we were not able to make up much ground, but it was useful to do the jobs, but that is it. Now we are back to racing and have found the breeze again on a boat that is ready and just missing a small bit.

I have a little less wind pressure than the group further out East but should accelerate tomorrow and I am on my way. Charlie (Dalin) has run off, but I think we could get an elastic effect ahead. I am happy to have been able to hold on the second spot with the issues I have had. It is not all over; I am going to carry on the fight, whilst there will be certain angles when I am not as fast.”

Thomas Ruyant / LinkedOut 

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