After several hours at sea Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadill on board HUGO BOSS made the difficult decision to return ashore. After attempting to address the issue it has not been possible to ensure a sufficient repair whilst at sea to withstand an Atlantic crossing. Alex and Guillermo have made a suitable repair to get to the nearest port where they can analyse the situation. The current sea state and weather forecast have not aided the situation on board.’
The technical team are currently enroute to Vigo, Spain. Where the boat will be repaired and hopes to be back racing shortly.
Technical Director Ross Daniel explains; ‘It is disappointing that the current sea state and approaching weather system have forced us to return to land to make the repair. But it is early days in our training programme as we understand the new boat and work towards the start of the Vendee Globe 2016. We will do everything we can to try and return to the Transat Jacques Vabre as soon as possible.’
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