But Ppalu/Paul Ricard had a rough go of it. Before the race even began, Tabarly fell ill. Pajot took the reins, but right after the start, while setting his chute, he ran over an anchored spectator boat (dismasting the little buggah) and broke his wrist. Even so, he cut away the innocent bystander's rig and kept going, and by the second day had a sizable lead. That's when he hit a submerged container and sank a hull. Ever resilient, the boat was salvaged and towed to a beach in Spain, where three fishermen repaired the hull — with cement! Three days later, a three-man French delivery crew set off for Guadeloupe aboard Ppalu/Paul Ricard; her race, of course, was over, but the crew reckoned they could at least partake in the post-race parties.