Vendee Globe sailor Conrad Colman (NZL) has informed his team that at 23:00 hrs on Friday the 10 February his Imoca Foresight Natural Energy dismasted.
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The Kiwi skipper is unharmed, and was calm during the call. He freed the rigging (mast and mainsail) and he managed to save the boom.
Conrad was sailing upwind in a NE wind of 30-35 knots under the J3 and 3 reefs in the mainsail when the boat dismasted. His location is less than 300 nm from the coast of Portugal.
All of the skipper's team is mobilized and working to help him find solutions to get to land without assistance.
It is obviously a great disappointment for Conrad who has already completed 97% of his first Vendée Globe and is only 793 nm from Sables d'Olonne and in 10th place.
Finishing Positions at 09:00 hrs 11 Feb 2017
1st Armel Le Cléac’h on Banque Populaire - Finished 15:37 hrs UTC 19 Jan 2017
2nd Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss -Finished at 07:37 hrs UTC 20 Jan 2017
3rd Jeremie Beyou on Maitre Coq - Finished 19:40 hrs UTC 23 Jan 2017
4th Jean-Pierre Dick on StMichel-Virbac - Finished at 14:47 hrs UTC 25 Jan 2017
5th Yann Elies on Quigunnier - Finished at 16:13 hrs UTC 25 Jan 2017
6th Jean Le Cam on Finistere Mer Vent - Finished at 17:43 hrs UTC 25 Jan 2017
7th Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee - Fiished at 07:47 hrs UTC 2 Feb 2017
8th Nandor Fa on Spirit of Hungary - Finished at 11:54 hrs UTC 08 Feb 2017
9th Eric Bellion on Commeunseulhomme - DTF 431 nm
10th Conrad Coleman on Foresight Natural Energy - DTF 707 nm (Dismasted)
Fleet spread is now 4,581 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 18th.
Eleven have now retired from the race.
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11 February 2017 9:59 GMT