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Vendee Globe - Spirit of Yukoh has dismasted

Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 02:30 UTC Sunday that his mast had broken above the attachment for the small jib.

The Japanese sailor is not in danger and is busy trying to set up a jury rig.

Kojiro is fine and in contact with his shore team to judge the extent of the damage and to determine whether it is possible to continue the race.

He is safely heading for Cape Town.

The powerful winds which are blowing across practically the whole of the Southern Ocean has led to several incidents with damage reported.

Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) had to lower his mainsail in the night following a problem with his mainsail traveller car.

He is heading towards the NE towards Amsterdam Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean to see what can be done in calmer conditions.

Since then, Beyou has managed to replace his damaged mainsail hook with a spare part and will continue his repairs when he finds the strength to do that.

Arnaud Boissières (Le Mie Câline) also had the same problem during the night 350 miles SW of South Africa in winds that were not that exceptional (25-30 knots) but with heavy seas.

Finally in Cape Town, Vincent Riou (PRB) set off again in the middle of the morning on Saturday from South Africa with part of his shore team to head for Brittany.

LEADING POSITIONS at 05:00 hrs UTC Monday:

1. Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire VIII - DTG 13,556 nm - sailing at 18 knots
2. Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss - DTL 104 nm - sailing at 12 knots
3. Sebastien Josse on Edmond de Rothchild - DTL 6122 nm
4. Paul Meilhat on SMA - DTL 1206 nm
5. Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - DTL 1458 nm
6. Yann Elies on Quigunnier - DTL 1743 nm
7. Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - DTL 1982 nm
8. Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - DTL 2169 nm
9. Thomas Ruyant on Le Souffle du Nord - DTL 2330 nm

Fleet spread is now 5,5146 nm back to Didac Costa in 24th.

Fiver have now retired from the race.

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