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Heavy weather interupts European sailing race

From the BBC:

Gale-force winds and high seas have caused severe damage to two of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet boats less than 24 hours after the start in Spain.

Movistar and Pirates of the Caribbean have been forced to stop racing and head for shelter to make repairs.

Spanish entry Movistar is heading to Cadiz with a broken hydraulic ram on the canting keel system.

"All the guys are sitting on deck, staring blankly, a dream has come apart abruptly," said skipper Bouwe Bekking.

"It looks like a major, but we will wait to hear what the experts say."

American skipper Paul Cayard and his Pirates crew have suffered leakage around the keel of their boat Black Pearl.

They are heading to the south of Portugal to assess the damage and begin repairs.

A third boat, Brunel Sunergy - renamed from Premier Challenge after a new sponsor at the last minute - broke some rigging overnight and has slipped back through the fleet.

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