British Vendee Globe skipper Alex Thomson has suffered damage to one of his rudders on the Hugo Boss IMOCA 60.
An announcement from the team tonight reads:
At approximately 19:00 UTC this evening (Friday 27th November) – 19 days into the Vendee Globe round-the-world yacht race – Alex Thomson notified his technical team on shore of damage to the starboard rudder of his Hugo Boss boat.
The team immediately advised Thomson to disconnect the rudder to regain steerage. He now has control of the yacht with one rudder, and is safe and in no danger onboard.
The team is working to assess the extent of the damage. A further update will be released on Saturday 28th November.