Volvo Ocean Race : Dongfeng Race Team breaks mast
Charles Caudrelier : "The mast broke without warning, in about 30 knots of wind"
Monday 30 March 2015 –
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The incident happened 240 nautical miles west of Cape Horn at 0315 UTC on Monday, in the final hours of the night onboard Dongfeng.
The crew reported that the mast broke above the third spreader. They are not planning to continue racing on this leg and are heading towards Ushuaia, Argentina, under their own sail.
Reached via Inmarsat, a disappointed Caudrelier said
“I’m gutted. As you’ve seen from the position reports we have been on purpose backed off a bit, not attacking in any way. The mast broke without warning, in about 30 knots of wind. We are unable to sail safely on starboard tack, but we are able to make reasonable speed Speed #speedsailing on port tack. We will head towards Ushuaia and assess our options for getting to Itajai"
The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) is aware of the situation and is on standby to help if necessary.
We are in constant contact with skipper Charles Caudrelier and are establishing the full extent of the damage to ensure we give him the support he needs to deal with the situation.
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