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French bluewater sailor found dead after apparent accident

Jean-Marc Allaire, a French adventure sailor, was found dead aboard an adrift sailboat eight nautical miles from Cap-Ferret in southwestern France.

At approximately 9 a.m. Monday, a fishing boat notified authorities that a sailboat named Karantez VI, a Pogo 2, was under full sails without people aboard.

Around 10 a.m., the body of a man around 40 years old, wearing integrated buoyancy clothes with the name of the boat on it, was found by a yachtsman on Lège Cap-Ferret's beach. Winds were from the southeast at 4 knots, with heavy swells of 10 to 15 feet.

Allaire's body was then identified by French police and his family was soon after informed.

Allaire was to participate to the Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 2011, single-handed trans-Atlantic sail race that will leave on Sept. 25.