After unsuccessfully attempting a repair for several hours at sea, Transat Jacques Vabre competitors and frequent Irish visitors Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadill onboard HUGO BOSS have made a partial repair but it will not allow the duo to cross the Atlantic so the difficult decision to proceed to Vigo, Spain has been made.
The current sea state and weather forecast have not aided the situation onboard.
The technical team is currently en route to Vigo, Spain, to join the crew and try to complete repairs.
Technical Director Ross Daniel explains; 'It is disappointing that the current sea state and approaching weather system have forced us to return to land to make the repair. But it is early days in our training programme as we understand the new boat and work towards the start of the Vendee Globe 2016. We will do everything we can to try and return to the Transat Jacques Vabre as soon as possible.'