Dongfeng Race Team Dismasted in the Southern Ocean

Dongfeng Race Team, one of six 65-foot racing yachts participating in the Volvo Ocean Race was dismasted early on Monday, March 30th.

Race officials note that nobody has been injured and there is no immediate danger to the crew and the incident happened 240 nautical miles west of Cape Horn.

The crew reports that the mast broke above the second spreader (the top section of the mast), here’s the onboard video of the incident:

In their latest report, they note they are making 8 to 10 knots of speed toward Cape Horn while flying their J-3 and are scouring the charts to find a place where they can duck in and try to take their sail down and jury rig up something more suitable to help them get to Itajai, Brazil.