Guy deBoer crashes into rocks at night on the north coast of Fuerteventura, Las Palmas in the Canaries. He fell asleep shortly after passing the Lanzarote film gate, not noticing a windshift that caught him on a leeshore.
Elliott Smith called Race Control to advise his bow sprit has broken in half. He has secured the mast and rig and is heading for False Bay for repair. He also broke all compasses except for one hand bearing compass.
Abhilash Tomy reported a problem with his windvane. The servo pendulum shaft holding the rudder sheared off. This was an easy fix as he carries a complete spare system onboard to strip for spares. He has fitted exactly the same part again.
Kirsten Neuschäfer breaks all fleet records: Best speed over 4 hours at 9.8 knots, best distance over 24 hours at 218.9 nautical miles, and best distance over 7 days at 1143.7 nautical miles.
Arnaud Gaist messages Race Control that "with the barnacles and my weakness in the mast, it would be Cape Horn in April :( I divert to St Helene and return to Les Sables". He retires from the GGR.
Tapio Lehtinen deboarded the Bulk Carrier in Jakarta and is back on land, heading directly back to Finland.
Elliott Smith called Race Control to report that his bowsprit has bent up again. He was able to secure the mast and is assessing the situation, hoping to make repairs as soon as the weather calms down.
Guy Waites' Sagarmatha is back in the water and ready to set sail. But unfavourable headwinds are forcing him to wait in Cape Town until the wind shifts.
Elliott Smith called Race Control to report that he went up and down the mast more than 10 times to shorten the forestay and bypass the broken bowsprit. However, due to heavy rolling, he lost many spare parts including a spare stay over the side, unable to make any further repairs. He will continue sailing west towards Fremantle or Albany under reduced sails and retire from the race.
Abhilash Tomy breaks 7-day record - 1165 miles in one week - just before he needs to replace his split mainsail with an older mainsail.
Guy Waites sets sail again with a clean hull, trying the impossible to get to Hobart before the gate closes on Jan 31, 2023.
Elliott Smith lands in Fremantle on 19 January after 5000 miles under jury rig. He had broken his bowsprit off the South African coast and lost his spare forestay overboard after trying to repair at sea. He continued under staysail and double-reefed main, with the rig supported by the inner forestay and backstay, but did not have time to repair and get through the Hobart gate closing before 31st January.