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Volvo Ocean Race - Vestas 11th Hour Racing dismasted

Vestas 11th Hour Racing has dismasted while racing in Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Turn The Tide On Plastic has also slowed due to a mast problem.

The team is safe and reports there is no immediate danger to the crew.

The team reported that the mast broke at 15:59 UTC and Race Control was informed of the situation at 16:15 UTC on Friday afternoon.

The crew was forced to cut away the broken mast to avoid damage to the hull.

The boat is approximately 100 miles southeast of the Falkland Islands and as of 19:00 UTC Friday was motoring under its own power towards the islands.

At the time of the dismasting, Vestas 11th Hour Racing was sailing in a 25 to 30 knot northerly wind with 3 metre waves.

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Also Turn the Tide on Plastic informed Race Control it had reduced sail to slow down, so the crew could ensure the integrity of its mast/rigging.

An initial inspection has revealed an anomoly in the spreader (a piece of rigging that helps to support the mast) set up.

The team has slowed down, dropping back some 40 nm on the leaders, while it determines what needs to be done before returning to full-load sailing.

Other boats in the fleet are in the area and have been informed of the situation in order to render assistance if needed.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre has been advised of the situation, but the Vestas team anticipates no outside assistance will be needed to make landfall at the Falkland Islands.

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 7 - Saturday 31 March @ 13:00 UTC

1. Team Brunel -- distance to finish -- 1,250 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team + 2.8 nm
3. team AkzoNobel + 55 nm
4. Turn the Tide on Plastic + 142 nm
5. MAPFRE + 203 nm resumed racing

6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing - Dismasted 30 Mar
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (retired)

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