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Rudder damage forces second Brazilan stop for Le Cléac’h

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In a message distributed late this morning, the Banque Populaire team has confirmed that Armel Le Cléac’h’s ULTIM Maxi Banque Populaire XI, racing in second place on the Arkea Ultim Challenge around the world race, has suffered damage to the central rudder after an incident.

According to the team, several options are being studied to diagnose the damage and to consider how to approach the rest of the race.

Le Cléac’h is diverting to a Brazilian port. He has been in second place behind Charles Caudrelier on Maxi Edmond de Rothschild since passing Tasmania. The Banque Populaire trimaran previously made a technical stopover in Recife, Brazil on 16th January during the outwards phase of the solo multihull race round the world.

Le Cléac’h’s nearest rival is third placed Thomas Coville who rounded Cape Horn on Monday and today sits around 600 nautical miles behind. Meanwhile race leader Caudrelier is around 1500 nm to the north as he approaches the return crossing of the equator tomorrow with around 3,500 nm still to race to the finish line in Brest, France.