This afternoon at Port-La-Forêt, the maritime expert Emmanuel Le Borgne and Jean-Marie Vaur (JMV Industries), builder of the SolOceans One-design series in Cherbourg, inspected Liz Wardley's boat after her collission with an unknown object.
The conclusion is that the shock taken by the SolOceans One-design during the storm off Ouessant did not seriously damage the structure.
“The first investigations show that on the flattest part of the hull the taping of the cockpit bulkhead has come away from the hull “, Manu Le Borgne declared. “The core borings made on the carbon sandwich show that the honeycomb is intact and not damaged”.
Jean-Marie Vaur added: “The small part that is damaged is a secondary structural element, and has no effect on the reliability of the main structure, which is absolutely not damaged “.
It will take less time to repair than thought at the beginning, when the news of the shock was known. Nevertheless, Liz Wardley will have to wait around a week before resuming her navigation on the first leg of the Round-the-world Reference Tour of the SolOceans – OceanoScientific® Campaign 2009-2010 towards Wellington (New Zealand).