Groupama dismasts - jury rig or new rig?
At the time of the incident, Groupama was sailing upwind port tack with the wind from the north at 20 knots.
The mast broke at the first spreaders roughly 10m above the deck.
During the incident, Groupama's Kiwi bowman Brad Marsh was slightly wounded in the forearm, but this injury is now under control. Franck Cammas said he was not asking for assistance, but Groupama has temporarily suspended racing.
At present two options are under consideration:
1) To continue racin under jury rig to Itajai, 650 nautical miles away.
2) Head for Punta del Este, await the arrival of the new mast (at present stored in Rotterdam), restep the new mast and then continue racing to Itajai.
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