“Should you have been to get into your automobile, shut your eyes, and drive at 40 miles an hour right into a brick wall … that is what it felt like,” stated Thomson of the collision, which occurred about 380 miles northwest of the Canary Islands.
The pair, who escaped with solely bruises, deduced the keel was held onto the boat’s black carbon-fiber hull by the hydraulic ram, posing a “severe threat of great injury to the hull.”
They labored intensively, with steering from their UK-based shore staff, to make the boat protected and in the end opted to chop away the keel to reduce the hazard, decreasing the hydrofoils to assist stability.
“Alex and Neal have stuffed the ballast tanks onboard and totally prolonged the foils to be able to hold the boat as secure as doable,” stated an announcement from Ross Daniel, technical director of Thomson’s staff.
“They’re at present in gentle winds and a slight sea state, and we’re comfy that there isn’t any instant threat to the boat or the skippers.”
‘Braveness to guide’
The pair have retired from the race and are contemplating choices for safely making their approach to a port with out the necessity for help.
Thomson is a vastly skilled ocean racer who’s focusing on the 2020 single-handed continuous Vendee Globe around-the-world race.
The Hugo Boss-sponsored boat, developed in Hampshire, England, took greater than two years to design and construct, involving greater than 100 naval architects, engineers and boat builders, in accordance with an announcement.
“What makes us one of the vital thrilling groups on this sport is that we show the braveness to guide,” stated Thomson on the boat’s official launch.
“We innovate, we push boundaries and we’re not afraid to do issues in another way. We settle for that, in doing so, we would not all the time be proper. However we’re actually not afraid to discover issues which have by no means been finished earlier than”.
Thomson has completed third and second on the final two editions of the grueling Vendee Globe however failed to complete in two earlier variations due to boat injury.
McDonald sailed for Nice Britain within the 1988 Summer time Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and has competed in seven variations of the Volvo Ocean Race, the premier crewed yacht race around the globe.
Final 12 months, Thomson was set to win the solo transatlantic Route du Rhum race from St. Malo, France, to Guadeloupe however he slept by means of his alarm and hit an outlying reef close to the end on the Caribbean island.
He was pressured to modify on his engine to motor off the rocks, and although he crossed the road first he was subsequently handed a 24-hour penalty, costing him the title.