Dick out of Vendee Globe with rudder damage

Former Vendee Globe frontrunner Jean-Pierre Dick has retired from the Vendee Globe after his yacht, Paprec-Virbac 2, struck a submerged object and damaged her port rudder assembly.

From vendeeglobe.org:

“I  was sleeping and heard a  big bang, a loud noise.  I rushed outside and saw the port rudder was out of the water and was wobbling around. The whole structure has been damaged. I was just about to put on my foulies, when the whole thing broke off and fell in the water.  It all happened in less than a minute.  It had to be the port rudder when the starboard one was already damaged.   I hit a UFO, probably a growler. …”

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By Ocean Navigator