Published: Monday, 30 March 2015

Volvo Ocean Race confirms that Dongfeng Race Team broke its mast early on Monday (GMT, March 30) but fortunately nobody has been injured and there is no immediate danger to the crew.

Dongfeng Dismasts In Volvo Ocean Race But All Crew Are Safe 

The incident happened 240 nautical miles west of Cape Horn at 0315 UTC on Monday, in the final hours of the night onboard Dongfeng.

The mast broke above the third spreader. They are not planning to continue racing on this leg and are heading towards Ushuaia, Argentina, under sail.

Dongfeng Dismasts In Volvo Ocean Race But All Crew Are Safe 1

“I’m gutted,” says Dongfeng Race Team skipper Charles Caudrelier. “As you’ve seen from the position reports we have been on purpose backed off a bit, not attacking in any way. The mast broke without warning in about 30 knots of wind. We are unable to sail safely on starboard tack, but we are able to make reasonable speed on port tack. We will head towards Ushuaia and assess our options for getting to Itajai.”

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre is aware of the situation and is on standby to help if necessary.

Check out the video of Dongfeng's dismasting: