In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Groupama team suffered a dismasting while in the lead, racing in Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí, earlier today. This gallery of images shows some of the damage sustained in what has thus far been a drama filled leg.
Groupama Sailing Team
Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, suspend racing from leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, after the mast broke just above the first spreader around 60 nautical miles south of Punta del Este. (Credit: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race)
Volvo Ocean Race website