One of the top Vendee Globe race front runners, Gitana Eighty sailed by Loïck Peyron,
was dismasted at approximately 13h00 (UTC) today. A major bummer, but it is yet another brutal event in a brutal race.
The cause of the damage is not yet known, but the French skipper confirmed he still has his boom and was thinking about where to sail under jury rig. Loïck Peyron had proven to be one of the leading contenders during the first third of the 24,275 mile solo ocean race. For sixteen days Peyron had been in the lead (in the 11h rankings), at the top of the 26 boat fleet on the way down the Atlantic before Sébastien Josse and then Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) took over this role. Read more.