British skippers Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald (Hugo Boss) are out of the Transat Jacques Vabre Race after hitting an object at sea this morning just a week into the offshore race.
Following the incident, Alex and Neal stopped the boat and carried out an inspection to assess the damage sustained. It became apparent that the keel is now only attached by the hydraulic ram.
The new yacht was launched in August as Afloat reported here.
Due to the damage sustained to the boat, the decision has been made that Alex and Neal will not continue on in the race.
The Alex Thomson Racing team is now working to assist the skippers to bring the boat to the nearest port.
Both Alex and Neal are currently safe inside the boat and did not sustain any major injuries.