His 30 footer battered by seas

A solo sailor has been dismasted 15 miles from the Azores. John Margarson, sailing Muffin, a Parker 30 is now under power struggling towards Terceira.

It is a bitter blow for the yachtsman who was competing in the Jester Azores Challenge.

He was caught in a gale and hit by a large wave resulting in the loss of his mast.