What an absolute bummer. Less than 36 hours in to the race Alex has made the decision to return to the start line as a failure in the hull is allowing water on board. He is apparently not in any danger, the pumps are coping but what rotten luck.
It's the opposite side of the hull to where he was hit by a fishing boat prior to the start. Must have been some mighty collision...
He must be mightily pissed off but thank goodness he is only 270 miles from his support team. We will be hoping that there will be a solution to this latest catastrophe. Our thoughts are with you.
After 32 hours of horrendous Biscay conditions in the Vendee Globe race, Alex Thomson is returning to Les Sables d’Olonne following the discovery of a structural problem onboard HUGO BOSS. A crack has appeared on the port side hull, the opposite side to the recent repair.
At 19.45 GMT Alex Thomson turned HUGO BOSS around to head back to Les Sables d’Olonne. Thomson is in no imminent danger; the boat is taking on water, but at a manageable rate. On arrival in Les Sables D’Olonne the damage will be assessed. He is currently approximately 290 miles from the port.