“ It is a huge disappointment. When you engage in a race, you put a lot of energy and desire into it, and when everything crashes, it's always hard.”
Between early evening on Friday 6th May and the early hours of Saturday morning, The Transat bakerly fleet was shaken by a deep depression that swept across the Atlantic.
At the time, Armel Tripon on Black Pepper found himself in the direct path of the storm and made a dramatic dive south towards the Azores to avoid the worst of the weather, reporting that he had some breakages on board.
After making a stop at Horta in the Azores to assess the damage, Armel has made the difficult decision today to retire from The Transat bakerly.
He explained: “I arrived yesterday in Horta and I cannot leave right away as I still have a few repairs to make. There is a lot of damage to the boat that has built up and it means that I have no choice but to stop.
“I am a competitor and to see my rivals so far ahead is hard. It is a huge disappointment. When you engage in a race, you put a lot of energy and desire into it, and when everything crashes, it’s always hard.”
Elsewhere in the Class40 fleet, a battle is raging at the front, with Isabelle Joschke on Generali-Horizon Mixite currently leading Thibaut Vauchel-Camus aboard Solidaires en Peloton-Arsep by just 6.9 nautical miles, with British competitor Phil Sharp aboard Imerys 21.7 miles behind Joschke.