Breaking news from the Vendee Globe:  Bernard Stamm has informed his shore crew he has hit an unidentified floating object, which ripped off his port side hydrogenerator. Because of previous energy-related issues, there is not enough fuel stocked on board.

Bernard therefore explained his team he was shutting down all energy-consuming devices to save the little energy he had left for the autopilot. Since then, the Cheminées Poujoulat Sailing Team has not heard from the yacht. He was 1060 miles away from Cape Horn at 7.30AM (French time). We are currently studying all available solutions, like finding a sheltered area where Bernard could consider getting fuel as the yacht safety is jeopardized. More.