One of the five entries, HUGO BOSS, best known for the flashy fashion worn by skipper Alex Thomson while riding the keel or climbing the mast, just broke its mast. While making the transit across the Atlantic, this report comes from the team:
This morning (May 8) at roughly 0130 GMT whilst sailing upwind at 25 knots, the team progress to New York has been interrupted when their mast broke (800 miles from New York). The reason for the broken mast is currently unknown; however, the on-board team, which includes skippers Alex Thomson, Pepe Ribes, Ryan Breymaier and crewmember, Willy Altadill are all safe and have stabilized the mast. Alex has reported that there is no damage to the boat or sails and they will continue to Newport, Rhode Island with an expected arrival on Sunday, 11 May 2014. Upon arrival, the boat will be assessed.