The broken section of the mast is saved on the deck, leaving around 24 metres of mast remaining. The crew of Foncia are both okay and are sailing towards Cape Town.
They said, "The mast broke above the Solent hound, in other words around 25 metres above the deck (27.3m long tube). The rigging is still up held in place by the lower shrouds, the runners, the staysail stay and main jib stay.
"The broken section is hanging down at 20m up and is still held in place by the halyards. The Solent, unfurled, because in use when the damage occurred was twisted around the whole mast.
"The mainsail is held by its halyard at the third reef. Everything has stayed on board, nothing lost overboard. I can't hide our disappointment, but we are healthy except I have a little pain in my right thumb which I got when I was trying to get the Solent under control."
Foncia is expected to arrive in Cape Town on 30 or 31 January.
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