At the time the turquoise trimaran was 30 miles from Calais en route to her homeport of Zeebrugge having left Port la Foret in Brittany on Thursday afternoon.
"It happened at 3am Saturday morning," explained her French skipper. "We were sailing on starboard tack in a 28-30 north east wind. I was steering while Gregoire [Metz] was on the mainsheet traveller and the rest of the crew were down below. In a fraction of a second the mast broke in two pieces". When the Espace Composite spar hit the deck it then broke in three and broke the boom.
Fortunately none of the five crew on board were injured. Among the crew was Belgium Finn sailor Sebastien Godefroid.
Once they'd made the boat safe they motored into Le Havre.
Belgacom's Marine Crenn told madforsailing that because of this they will now not be competing in the first ORMA regatta of the season in Lorient, not the Courses des Phares which starts from Calais on 19 May. "It's not a good start to the season," she commented.
Belgacom - with her rig...