Akena Verandas dismasts

Disaster for Arnaud Boissieres' IMOCA 60 in the Transat Jacques Vabre

Friday November 4th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Around 0330 UTC this morning skipper Arnaud Boissières reported that the mast of his IMOCA 60 Akena Vérandas had broken some 270 miles WNW of France. At the time of the incident, Akena Vérandas was lying in ninth place in the Transat Jacques Vabre.

Boissières reported that both he and co-skipper Gérald Veniard were uninjured. The mast is said to have broken in several places and the duo have managed to retain only a deck spreader, the boom and a short piece of tube. They are making progress towards the French coast at around 2.5 knots.

“We are not hurt anywhere other than our pride. There was a very large crack. It was as if we had hit a cliff at ten knots The mast is broken in several places,” reported Boissieres to his team early this morning.

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