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Vendee Globe - Pit stop for Bertrand de Broc on MASCF

Bertrand de Broc on MASCF heading for Fernando de Noronha, following a collision off the coast of Portugal.Image Vendee Globe -

For several days, Bertrand de Broc has heard a deafening noise. The cause of this was a knock off Portugal.

As such bangs are very common in a race, Bertrand de Broc did not really worry about it initially.

But the noise has grown and has become unbearable, when the boat goes above 14 knots.

de Broc has therefore taken the decision this evening to change course and head for Fernando de Noronha to check out what is happening on the boat and try to understand what is causing the noise.

Several ideas are being explored by Marc Guillemot, the team Manager for MACSF, to identify the cause.

A thorough check will be required, in particular of the hull, keel and rudders.

To do that, Bertrand plans to anchor leeward of Fernando de Noronha, to be able to dive to inspect the boat.

Bertrand, currently 14th in the rankings, is still in the race.

Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 km (220 mi) offshore from the Brazilian coast.

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