It's over for Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald (Hugo Boss). After hitting an unidentified floating object, the 60-foot black and pink keel suffered: it is no longer attached except by the hydraulic cylinder. The two sailors give up.
This Sunday, November 3, at 9:37 UT, while Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald were spinning at 25 knots, they hit an OFNI.
After the incident, Alex and Neal stopped the boat and performed an inspection to assess the damage. They found that the keel was no longer attached except by the hydraulic cylinder.
In these conditions, no question of continuing the race: the decision was made to give up. The Alex Thomson Racing team is now working to help the skippers bring the boat back to the nearest port. Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald are currently safe inside the boat. They suffered no major injuries.