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Bluewater racer suffers broken mast

The U.S.-based Puma Ocean Racing team suffered a broken mast on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which began 17 days ago from Alicante, Spain. The crewmembers were not hurt.

The rig aboard Puma’s Mar Mostro failed in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 2,150 nautical miles from Cape Town, South Africa.

“We were sailing on a port tack, beam reaching in 22-23 knots of breeze, heading east northeast with eight to 10 foot waves when the mast failed,” skipper Ken Read reported to his shoreside race team. “There were no warning signs. There was no panic onboard, and all crew are safe and well.”

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