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The Antigua Bermuda Race Committee has been informed by RCC Bermuda Radio on Wednesday 17 May that Les Crane’s Farr PH 56, Monterey had been abandoned after taking on water; the cause is as unknown.

The crew are all safe and well having transferred onto the Volvo 60, Esprit De Corps IV, also competing in the race which was close by. The schooner Spirit of Bermuda is also close by and monitoring the situation. The incident occurred during the Antigua Bermuda Race that started from Antigua on Friday 12 May 2017.

"We are saddened by the news but we know Past Commodore, Les Crane has completed many miles of ocean crossings, as Skipper we know his decision is based on the safety of his crew, and we are glad all are safe." Commodore Royal Bermuda Yacht Club,Leatrice Oatley.