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There has been some news from Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman on his dismasted Foresight Energy as he attempts to continue with jury rig. Image Colman, Foresight Energy after demasting -
Winds should ease off progressively for Colman today but it remains extremely difficult on board with big seas and 25-30kts of wind.

Sunday morning he said on Facebook:

Thanks a lot for all your support!

Today's program on board: get all the sails out of the front hatch to prop the boom up. Work on repairing the boom. Wait for the repairs to dry.

Put in place the system to lift the boom (85kg of carbon to put up safely). Then if all of these steps have worked properly, attach the boom and install the new rig. Pretty busy day for Conrad, fingers crossed all goes as planned!

Image Colman, Foresight Energy after demasting - Click image for a larger image

He had no choice but to cut free the mainsail and the mast to avoid damaging the boat, but the head sails and the boom were saved but not without some damage to the boom.

The boom has to be repaired first before deciding the best way to set it as a replacement mast to establish a jury rig.

He is in full energy saving mode, minimising all of his electrical power use unless essential.

Eric Bellion who tacked Saturday afternoon, is sailing SE under headsail only towards the north coast of Spain as he battles upwind.

Bellion still has a problem with his main halyard after losing a section of track near the top of his mast. His aim is to try and sort it later today if the wind eases, but presently he is making fair progress.

He will still have 35kts from the SE late this afternoon if he crosses towards the centre of the low pressure.

As it stands he still has around 36 hours of racing to get to Les Sables d'Olonne, although this is obviously dependent on what sail configuration he can manage to set.

Finishing Positions at 22:00 hrs 12 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 234 nm
10th Conrad Coleman on Foresight Natural Energy - DTF 731 nm (Dismasted)

Fleet spread is now 4,284 nm back to Sebastien Destremau in 18th.

Eleven have now retired from the race.

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