Team Finland managed to make landfall safely in Hualien, Taiwan after losing the top third of their rig. The team had been leading in Race 6 of the Clipper Round-the-World race.
It is too early to speculate what caused the incident but the area through which the fleet was racing is notorious for the tough conditions it produces. Crews were dealing with strong headwinds and the short sharp sea state that is to be expected off the coast of Taiwan. In the last Volvo Ocean Race, five of the seven competitors were damaged by these testing conditions when they were also racing from Singapore to Qingdao.