At 5:14 (GMT +1) Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian) reached the gate off Puerto Calero. The Italian navigator was able to make contact with the race organisations vessel and said that all was well on board. Behind him, several competitors have already announced that they are considering a stopover.
While the leaders are preparing to leave the Canary Islands in their wake, many competitors have confirmed they would like to pitstop in Puerto Calero. This is the case for Nolwen Carlan (Reality) who snapped his port rudder but has continued to push on after makeshift repairs. Nolwen also has no spinnaker halyard, but his unwavering determination has won the respect and admiration of the the official support boat crews. A broken rudder ripped also explains the current route of Ludovic Méchin Road (Paris Texas) who has declared his on en route to Rabat.
Several other boats have already announced that they will make a technical stop. Rafaëla de Gouvello (Respectocean.com) has no spinnaker halyard, as does David Genest (Bingo). Erwan Pellen (Mordilou) and Yoann Tricault (Schuster Systems) will be reliant on the support of our Calero family to locate everything they will need to repair their damaged rudders.
In the race area, the wind is blowing at around 15 knots with a few scattered squalls.