In an interview directly from board, the French skipper of the Maxi-Tris announced his role in the race for the Oryx Cup. "When we started to push the boat harder to the limit, there were loud cracking noises from the already damaged beam."
"We cannot say exactly where the new damage is - but it is clear that the hull is delaminating somewhere. Under these circumstances, the safest thing to do is to take the boat to the next port. We are very disappointed."
"Geronimo" will probably sail to Hobart so that the damage can be examined more closely and clarified when and where a repair makes the most sense.
Olivier de Kersauson's team had to make a stop in Australia after a collision with floating debris and damage to the forward beam on the port side. In a record breaking time, the damage was repaired, but apparently not as perfectly as hoped.
This means that there are only three boats left in the Oryx Quest, the newly created race for the large multihulls around the world with start and finish in Doh (Qatar). At the top is Brian Thompson's "Doh2006" (ex- "Club Med"), 1,300 miles ahead, followed by David Scully's "Cheyenne" and Tony Bullimore's "Daedalus".