17 December 2020 - 08:45 • 14801 views

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Back on course after a scare which required him to stop his LinkedOut last night Thomas Ruyant explained this morning that his bow compartment filled up in less than 30 minutes because his hatches had been forced open by the water pressure. 

He was stopped for several hours and reported this morning, "The two front hatch latches opened because of the waves. At the time I was sailing at over 25 knots. The boat filled up in 30 minutes while I was asleep. I really believed history repeating itself! "
 
Recall that at almost the same point in the race, on December 18, 2016, between Tasmania and New Zealand, Ruyant's Le Souffle du Nord Pour le Projet Imagine nearly broke in half and Ruyant had to nurse his broken boat to New Zealand.