The Transat Bakerly is living up to its reputation as one of the toughest challenges in professional sport, with three of the 24 competitors retiring within the last 24 hours and some fierce battles elsewhere in the fleet.

Shortly after midnight on 4 May French skipper Sébastien Josse reported damage to his mainsail.

Josse was forced to head to the Spanish port of Vigo in Galicia, where he will be joined by members of the Gitana Team.

Fellow skipper Maxime Sorel on VandB was also forced to retire yesterday morning, after sustaining damage to his bowspritfollowing a collision with a container ship in the northern Bay of Biscay.