Yves Le Blevec on Ultim Actual capsized off Cape Horn while attempting Around the World solo backwards record


Photo © Thierry Martinez/ Sea&Co.

While attempting the record of the Tour du monde upside down solo, multihull, Ultim Actual capsized off Cape Horn around 4am French time. 

Yves Le Blevec is well, he is safe inside his boat, the relief organization is in progress.

The skipper Actual had doubled the hard course at 1h 34min in the night from Wednesday to Thursday 14 December, in difficult weather conditions: 30 to 50 knots, bursts to 70 just before crossing the Cape, a sea 5 to 6 meters from hollow.

At 4:21 am, this Thursday morning, Yves le Blevec triggered his first distress beacon. 40 minutes later, he operated his second beacon, confirming the seriousness of the situation. The CROSS immediately alerted the Chilean MRCC, the organization responsible for safety at sea for this area.

The technical team was able to join Yves: he is not injured, he is safe inside his boat while waiting for help.

One of the trimaran’s port linkage broke, causing the Ultim to capsize. The west-northwest wind was 30 to 40 knots at the time of the capsizing, there was 5m of trough.

The situation is stabilized, the boat is about thirty miles in the south-west of Cape Horn, it drifts a little to the south-east, a safe zone.

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