Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hugo Boss returning after suffering structural damage

[Source: Vendée Globe] Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss has structural damage to the hull of his Open 60 and is returning towards Les Sables d'Olonne.

British skipper Thomson informed the race office that his Open 60 was taking in water but the pumps were controlling the situation. At 2000hrs GMT he was positioned at 46°07’48N and 08°18’46W, about 290 miles from Port Olona and was making a reduced speed of about 7 knots.

Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss team issued this statement:

" After 32 hours of horrendous Biscay conditions in the Vendee Globe race, Alex Thomson is returning to Les Sables d’Olonne following 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.

At 19.45 GMT Alex Thomson turned HUGO BOSS around to head back to Les Sables d’Olonne. 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)."



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