14 November 2020 – 10:50 UTC
Earlier this morning, having successfully completed the planned gybe around storm Theta, Kojiro SHIRAISHI Skipper of DMG MORI Global One, suffered a series of autopilot failures and gybed accidentally twice. After switching to the back-up auto pilot the boat gybed accidentally again this time causing a large tear in the mainsail above the second batten and damage to the battens.
At the time Kojiro was sailing conservatively with the J2 and two reefs in the main. The Skipper is uninjured and the boat is not in any danger. The shore team is proposing different solutions to try to repair the mainsail and continue in the race.