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Vincent
Riou Abandons Ship

20/5/2008 17:29 GMT Vincent Riou reported hitting a large sea mammal at
3:00 AM this morning, but his initial assessment was that the damage remained
superficial… The skipper realised this afternoon that one of his keel
pins was missing, and that the appendage was only held by the ram used
to cant it. With an approaching storm, Vincent Riou has decided to abandon
ship and has requested assistance. Loick Peyron onboard Gitana Eighty
has been directed towards PRB by the Race Direction team, and should arrive
in the vicinity around 17:00 GMT. PRB has dropped her sails, filled her
ballast tanks to increase her stability even if the keel was to drop out
from the hull. PRB is in 2.5 metres of swell, in 10 knots of NW wind,
in light fog and is 530 miles from Halifax (Nova Scotia). File keel photo
courtesy of Jacques
Vapillon
.

Update:
PRB’s skipper is now safe aboard Gitana Eighty, and Loick Peyron is back
in full racing mode – his "passenger" prevented from participating
in the manoeuvres. PRB has been left with the ballasts full and the sails
stacked at the lowest point of the hull in order to stabilise…Read
on
.