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Transat sailing boat collides with cargo ship

V&B skipper Maxime Sorel sets off on the 3050m solo race to New York. Credit: Lloyd Images

One of the sailing boats taking part in the Transat Bakerly race has collided with a cargo ship today (3 May).

At around 10am the Race Control operators received a call from the skipper Maxime Sorel aboard the Class40 V&B.

V&B skipper Maxime Sorel - Class40. Credit: Lloyd Images

He'd suffered a serious collision with a cargo ship, leaving the bowsprit of his boat damaged, with potential damage to the rig, which is currently still standing up.

The skipper is not injured, and he will now head to La Trinité sur Mer, or Lorient, to assess the damage.

Success for local teams on the Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are enjoying the biggest weekend of their year, with the arrival of 3,000 rowers for the World Pilot Gig Championships.

In the event's 27th year, crews have come from as far afield as Holland and the USA.

Credit: ITV West Country

ITV's Steve Hardy recaps all the action from the final:

Penultimate day of Championship action

28 miles off the UK mainland in the wide open sea, rowers were locked in battle.

The Gig Championships on the Isle of Scilly are in their second day. 3,000 rowers straining every muscle to try to beat their rivals.

Regular visitors are the Dutch. They've got 7 teams here, and have brought 4 of their own gigs.

Recap all the action from the penultimate day here:


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