26 January 2011

Veritas XCVII

Today's Truth:  Foncia's Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) and Francois Gabart (FRA) contacted Barcelona World Race Course Direction at around 0349hrs UTC this morning to report that the top of the mast of their IMOCA Open 60 had broken at close to 0300hrs UTC .
Foncia, lying in second place in the race, had been sailing under mainsail with one reef and Solent in 30 knots of SW’ly wind.The crew of Foncia have reported that they are both OK and the duo are sailing towards Cape Town initially at around 10 knots.

The top of the mast is reported to have broken off between the Solent forestay and the staysail forestay.The broken section of the mast is saved on the deck, leaving around 24 metres of mast remaining. There is no other damage noted.

The position of the boat was at a distance from Cape Town of 619 miles.