The light wind that was forecast did not materialise and the yachts are once again flying at breathtaking speed towards the east, skirting the edge of the so-called ‘ice box’ exclusion zone.
Djuice was the fastest yacht over the last 24-hour period, covering more than 400 miles. The wind is at a constant 25 knots from the southwest and the influence of the Gulf Stream is constantly getting less. The yachts closest to the exclusion zone are ASSA ABLOY, illbruck and Tyco, at a point just 2.5 miles away. Amer Sports One, djuice, News Corp and SEB have chosen to be further away to the south, giving them more tactical options until they reach the eastern corner, 130 miles away.
Amer Sports Too Lost Her Mast
Amer Sports Too lost her mast in Atlantic on leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race. The incident occurred at approximately 1645 GMT yesterday. No one was hurt when the rig fell and the yacht is not in danger. They are just over 400 miles east of Canada.
Skipper Lisa McDonald reported the crew had recovered the rig and sails and had lashed the mast to the deck. The mast broke just above the second spreaders. A 10-metre section of the 26-metre mast is still standing.
Lisa said, at the time of the incident they were sailing under spinnaker in only 12 knots of southwesterly breeze. "There was a loud bang and the mast came down. We don't know why it broke. Once we have sorted ourselves out and got underway again we will take a very close look. There's enough mast left to set up a reasonably effective jury rig."
At present Amer Sports Too is about 250 miles from Halifax, where they decided to head to reach land as soon as possible after the mast breakage. But because of the head wind and the seaway, Amer Sports Too is sailing at about 30 deg off a direct course and Lisa McDonald estimates they will arrive at Halifax in 48 hours.
Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 5, 1554 GMT