A 55 knot gust has dismasted British racer Michael Golding, hours after he took the lead from Jean-Pierre Dick.
From The Independent:
Speaking of the gale-force winds which hit him about 940 miles south-west of Perth, Australia, he said: “I was just out on deck when a squall came through with winds of 55 knots.
“It basically went from being a near gale to a hurricane, and the mast didn’t like it.
“I was just getting into my jacket when the boat rounded up and then heeled right over.
“I heard a bang and immediately went back below deck and waited until the noise had stopped.
“The whole rig is down, there is not even a stump left.