Alone. Non-stop. Around-the-World. No Assistance. That is The Vendée Globe.
The end of his race near New Zealand. News – Tumbling Dice. Enda O’Coineen’s Boat Dismasted. – Vendée Globe 2016-2017
In a few unfortunate moments the Vendée Globe solo round the world race came to a premature end for Irish skipper Enda O’Coineen. A sudden, unexpectedly strong gust at 35kts of wind overpowered his autopilot, resulting in two crash gybes leaving no time to get a running backstay on to support the mast.
The mast and boom went over the side, and he had to cut away the rigging and let it sink to save the hull. So he is very limited to what he can do from the standpoint of being able to jury-rig any kind of sails.
The only good news is that he is only a few hundred miles off New Zealand, and not a thousand miles out in the Southern Ocean.
The leaders are far ahead, having just crossed the equator into the northern hemisphere in the Atlantic Ocean on their way back to France.