“It was a warm, easy-wind day, only 12 knots of wind from 110 degrees, calm sea and we were flying the Code 5. Felix was off-watch and sleeping, I was on deck when suddenly a dreadful sound came from the mast. Immediately I rolled the Code 5 to reduce load on the mast, but the noise remained. Somewhat nervously, I looked from all sides at the mast and climbed on the boom in order to get a better look. Through the binoculars I spotted that the upper port spreader was not sitting correctly. I suspected the worst and could not fight off the nerves building in the pit of my stomach.” That was how Portimao Global Ocean Race sailor, Boris Herrman, described the start of Beluga Racer’s mast problem. Read the rest. Photo Beluga Racer and more here.