The second attempt by Frenchman Yves Parlier to break the 24-hour one-handed record with his radical Kat ended in disaster. West of the Canary Islands, the 60-foot boat capsized on Monday in a gust, as announced today.
In the accident, the single-handed dump truck fell out of the windward cockpit of the boat and fell onto the other hull. He broke several ribs and suffered severe bruises and bruises. In view of the fact that the two hulls are about 15 meters apart and the fall corresponds to a fall from this height, he got off lightly.
He himself describes the capsizing as follows: "The boat accelerated strongly and one hull rose out of the water. I had problems throwing the mainsheet to slow the boat down. I ran out of the cabin on deck and was able to take the sheet fierce, but the kwar was already over the limit and capsized, so that I fell down on the other hull. " Fifteen minutes later the boat straightened up again because the two masts standing far outward apparently prevented it from overturning quickly.
Due to the severity of his injuries, Parlier had himself abandoned by a Chilean freighter and is now on his way to Tarragona, Spain, where he is not expected until tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Parlier's team, which is currently based on Gran Canari, is feverishly trying to get on the abandoned ship that is floating on the open Atlantic and thus belongs to whoever finds it first. The cat's distress buoy is still sending, however, shouldn't stand in the way of a quick rescue.