Forced to retire

Thomas Ruyant on board Le Souffle du Nord Thomas Ruyant on board Le Souffle du Nord

French sailor Thomas Ruyant has retired from the Vendee Globe round the world yacht race after hitting what he thinks was a submerged shipping container.

He says his IMOCA open 60 Le Souffle du Nord pour le Projet Imagine, had cracked ‘like an eggshell’ following the collision that took place around 250 miles from New Zealand’s southern coast and Mr Ruyant nursed his boat through 55k winds to safety.

Unfortunately this was the second Vendee Globe Mr Ruyant has been forced to retire from.

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