Vendee Globe race casualties grow
Alex Thomson is returning to Les Sables d’Olonne after 32 hours of Biscay conditions in the Vendee Globe solo,non-stop, round-the-world race. The decision follows the discovery of a structural problem onboard HUGO BOSS. A crack has appeared on the port side hull, the opposite side to the recent repair.
Thomson is in no imminent danger; the boat is taking on water, but at a manageable rate. On arrival in Les Sables D’Olonne the damage will be assessed. He is currently approximately 290 miles from the port.
HUGO BOSS will be the eighth yacht to return to Les Sables D’Olonne since the race start on Sunday afternoon. The Vendee Globe rules only allow the competing yachts to return to Les Sables D’Olonne to carry out repairs using outside assistance and restart the race within a 10 day window of Sunday 9th November (the start date).