More mast carnage
In a telephone conversation the Italian skipper said that no one was hurt during the incident and the hull was not too badly damaged. At the time they had been changing from the genoa to the Solent jib, but there had been a problem with the roller furler. At the moment Bianchetti is at a loss as to why the failure occurred.
They have stabilised the rig and they intend on continuing to the finish in Santa Margherita Ligure 268 miles away, where the front runners are due this evening. They are currently sailing under staysail alone.
His crew on the boat (formerly Catherine Chabaud's Whirlpool) are Stefano Raspadori, Mauro Piani, Yannick Bestaven and Tanguy Delamott.
Tiscali - in better days...