The Rochelais was injured falling on his bike and will have to stay on the ground for many weeks.
It’s over the beautiful photos of a sailor (everything except on vacation) in Cascais in Portugal. After three weeks of sunny training, the sky suddenly darkened for Yannick Bestaven. During a bike ride, his rear wheel slipped when braking in a downhill corner. And the winner of the last Vendée Globe could not avoid the violent fall. He got up with a fractured collarbone and a few broken ribs…
Repatriated to his home in Charente-Maritime, Bestaven was taken care of by the medical staff of Stade Rochelais and is condemned to stay on land for long weeks for a convalescence which promises to be painful. “The collarbone is clearly fractured but does not require an operation. Some ribs are seriously damaged. It is clearly not possible to start a race in 3 weekstestified the sailor. It is a terrible disappointment to have had this accident. We were in a good dynamic of preparing for this season in doubles and making Maître CoQ V more reliable. That’s how it is, you have to accept it. We will have to be patient to come back stronger and ready for the scheduled programme: the Fastnet Race, the Azimut challenge and of course the Transat Jacques Vabre. »
For the very next race on the program, the Guyader Bermudes 1000 Race, which will start on May 7 from Brest (for a finish also in Brest after 1000 miles of double-handed sailing), it is the technical and sporting project director who will replace Yannick Bestaven aboard the monohull Maître CoQ along with Julien Pulvé, the co-skipper. The blow is hard for the sailor 19th in the last Route du Rhum but the main meeting of the season, the Transat Jacques-Vabre, is not scheduled until next November. What a priori give him time to recover.