Having worked hard to take second place, Mike Golding is now down to third and up the mast fixing a new halyard

Mike Golding broke his main halyard at 0630 this morning while fighting it out at the front of the Vendee Globe fleet in second place.

He’s currently (1155) up the mast fixing the halyard and sees the mishap as an inconvenience rather than a problem.

According to Clare Macnaughton from the Ecover office, Golding has a new halyard and all the equipment ready to replace it. He’s still doing 7.4kts in 10-15kts of wind having cracked offwind slightly onto a close reach while he carries out the repair.