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https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2019/11/03/keel-damage-for-hugo-boss-in-transat-jacque-vabre/

 

Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald are working on the safest place to navigate their damaged IMOCA 60 monohull, Hugo Boss, after announcing their withdrawal from the 14th edition the Transat Jacque Vabre, the 4,350-mile biennial double-handed race from Le Havre, France to Salvador de Bahia.

 
Earlier in the day they informed the race office that they were withdrawing from the race with the keel of their brand new 60-footer attached only by the hydraulic ram after hitting something in the water whilst traveling at around 25 knots at 09:57 UTC.
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Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald on Hugo Boss had to cut the keel off their IMOCA 60 after damage forced them to withdraw yesterday from the 14 edition of the Transat Jacque Vabre Normandie Le Havre, the 4,350-mile biennial double-handed race from Le Havre, France to Salvador de Bahia. ...
 
“Despite their very best efforts, it became clear that keeping the keel attached would put the boat at great risk. With the keel attached only by the hydraulic ram, and in an unstable position, there was a serious risk of significant damage to the hull. ...
 
“Therefore, with guidance from our team shore-side, Alex and Neal set about cutting the hydraulic ram to free the keel from the boat. After many hours, they were successful in their efforts and the keel is now no longer attached to the boat.”

 

 

 

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