Russian freighter collided with French competitor in Transat Solo Race
A French yachtsman Maxime Sorel competing in The Transat Bakerly Solo Transatlantic Race from Plymouth to New York, was forced to abandon the race on May 3 after his boat crashed into a Russian freighter YASHMA.
Maxime Sorel on board the yacht VandB was among the leaders in the 10-strong Class40 fleet, as the boats raced downwind in the northern Bay of Biscay about 90 nautical miles west of Lorient, when he reported a collision, at 1123 CEST May 3.
The boat suffered damage to its bowsprit, forcing Sorel to head to the French port La Trinite sur Mer in Brittany. Sorel is safe and uninjured and the boat’s mast is stable but he is very disappointed to have to retire.
General cargo vessel YASHMA is en route from Portugal to Sweden, after collision she continued voyage, so apparently there were no requests to call French port for investigation.