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Class 40 Favourite Rogues Abandons

Outright favourite to win Sébastien Rogues has taken the tough decision to abandon La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. He informed his shore team that he is en route to the north of Spain this morning

Even though he was still in the leading group of Class 40 on GDF SUEZ he has a torn mainsail and an accumulation of problems which he feels leave him with no option but to retire.
During a manouevre he tore the mainsail at the level of the first reef and so now he can longer hoist the main to the top of his mast. The major damage has forced him to sail with two reefs in the mainsail.
On top of that sail problem he also is compromised by broken windvane, lost antenna for his Fleet broadband means he has limited weather and comms. And he has a serious problem with his starboard spreader, jeopardising the rig.
The skipper who has dominated the class for the last couple of years is in good shape physically but having lead for a couple of days, is bitterly disapppointed.

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