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au revoir

The Vendee Globe around the world fleet sails away from Les Sables, but not without some early damage. Betrand De Broc had to return due to a small hole in the hull of his boat, after a collision with one of his rigid inflatable support boats 25 minutes before the start. He hill be re-starting soon. The more significant report comes from early race leader Marc Guillemot onboard Safran, who had to turn around and head back to Les Sables after hearing a loud “bang”.He has now been forced to retire from the race – the keel had broken off !

Follow the fleet here, jump in the SA discussion thread here. Thanks to Christophe Launay for the superb shot!