Sailing: Vendee Globe single-handed non-stop round the world race update

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Peter Goss escaped lightly yesterday when his yacht, Aqua Quorum, suffered a knock-down in freezing temperatures in the southern ocean as he heads east in Vendee Globe single-handed non-stop round the world race. The 35-year-old Cornishman, who was asleep at the time, had to take great care righting the yacht which had also changed tack through the wind, leaving his swinging keel locked on the "wrong" side. After two hours the 50-footer, which is the most southerly in a fleet slowly dwindling through gear damage, was successfully righted with just two battens in the mainsail broken. Christoph Augin still leads while Britain's second competitor, Tony Bullimore, is 12th and has had to run under bare poles in severe weather.

Enjoying, for a while, less testing conditions are the fourteen yachts going the other way between Cape Horn and New Zealand in the BT Challenge. Mike Goldings' Group 4 continues his established lead while the troubled Courtaulds International brings up the rear.

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