At 9 o'clock on December 6, 2016 OPEN 60 "Bastide Otio" is hit by a strong impact in Indian waters sailing at about 17 knots of speed with winds of 30 knots of intensity and waves of 5 meters high. Kito de Pavant takes a month of regatta around the world in solo Vendée Globe, marches in tenth position, has already sailed Cape of Good Hope and its course takes him to the north of the Kerguelen Islands.
Kito senses that everything can be complicated, the blow has been very violent, stopping the ship in its tracks. He rushes to the deck and watches astern as a large sperm whale moves away from the waves. When it returns to the interior the surprise is capital, the hydraulic arm of the tilting keel is out of position, moving wildly. It continues investigating and it verifies the worse thing "it does not have keel", it has broken the axis of subjection of the keel and it has gone to the bottom of the ocean.
It communicates its serious situation to the direction of the regatta, which organizes a rescue operation through the supply ship Marion Dufresne, which works in the area carrying supplies to the French islands in the southern seas. That in those dates towards route towards the archipelago of the Crozet Islands, to about 110 miles to the north of the OPEN 60 «Bastide Otio». And sixteen hours later Kito de Pavant is rescued by the crew of Marion Dufresne.
Chance or causality. The question is that the navigator Mathieu Bellon, based in Hyeres, came across some remains of a structure that could belong to a sailboat. The event happened in November 2018 when he was on vacation on the island of Madagascar: "… we were sailing along the east coast with my brother and his wife. We were intrigued by what we found on a beach and I remembered the mishap of Kito de Pavant during the Vendée Globe, although I saw it difficult to be part of the "Bastide Otio". Back in France, Mathieu Bellon embarked on an investigation to determine that the photos he had taken in Madagascar actually belonged to the OPEN 60 "Bastide Otio".
Bellon spent about nine months following different tracks until he came to the conclusion that they were the rest of the "Bastide Otio." It was not until last week when he sent an email to Kito de Pavant explaining: "The ship has suffered some cuts as you can see in the pictures, it must be said that in Madagascar nothing is lost … And tropical storms can I've had some time taken this summer to investigate a bit … I found many similarities, like the orange color in some parts of the helmet, I also recovered a small piece, I hope these elements allow you to establish an identification , so I found it interesting to be able to give you all these clues.The fact that it arrived at this place can be explained by the presence of a current that rises from the south of the Indian Ocean to the coast of Madagascar. "
Just two weeks Kito could follow the trail of "Bastide Otio", his idea was to recover it. But on December 13, 2016, the on-board beacon stopped transmitting the positions: "At this point, I had no hope of finding it … Since then, I have asked myself every day where I could be, now I have the answer This is the last place I would have looked for, with the winds, I expected to find it in New Zealand or Chile, certainly not in Madagascar, but the boat capsized and finally the effects of the currents prevailed over the effects of the winds. A pretty incredible trip through the Indian Ocean, on the west coast of Australia, to meet the Southeast trade winds and make the road to Africa. "
Drifting, that of the OPEN 60 «Bastide Otio», for about two years could have traveled more than six thousand nautical miles across the Indian Ocean until it ran aground on the eastern shores of the island of Madagascar.