Mike Golding, skipper of Gamesa in the Vendee global yacht race, has called in to his Southampton crew following problems with his keel pivot fairing.
"The solution we have come up with is holding," he said. "I can't afford to stop and my focus is to keep the boat moving towards the finish.
"The situation has improved slightly as a result of the rope we wrapped around the bearing plate to stem the flow, and at the moment the level and pressure of the water is being controlled. I'm keeping a close eye on it.
"There are other things that I could do but that involves stopping, and I'm in a race to Les Sables d'Olonne, fighting for fifth and stopping is not an option I want to consider right now."
The skipper sent through the picture above in the keel box lid, with the bow of Gamesa at the top of the image.
Mike Golding has been working for the past 24 hours to resolve an issue with his keel. Investigations over the side of the boat with a camera yesterday evening revealed that the front fairing of the keel olive has been lost.
With only ten days remaining for this, Golding's fourth Vendée Globe, solo, round the world race, a solution needs to be sought immediately to ensure Golding can reach the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.
– Gamesa Boat Captain Graham Tourell
"Mike discovered this late yesterday whilst trying to use the bilge pump which empties into the keel box. The pump didn't work and this then led Mike to the keel box which he found was full of water, over the level of the keel head and the rams.
“There is a lot of turbulence at the front of the keel and without the fairing, water is being driven up into the keel box, faster than the water can drain out by the Venturi system"