Calamities of the Vendée Globe
On the eighth day of the Vendée Globe Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) suffered a broken hydraulic jack in his keel. With a sudden clean break causing his boat to lurch his canting keel was left swinging loose beneath the boat. He immobilised it with ropes but was taking in water where the keel is attached to the boat and limped to Santo Vincente, Mindelo, in the Cape Verde islands, 40 miles away, at a speed of 5-6 knots. Beyou is the fifth skipper to retire this year.