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Bestaven becomes third French skipper to quit after losing mast

Updated: November 12, 2008, 6:23 PM ET
Associated Press

LES SABLES D'OLONNE, France -- Yannick Bestaven abandoned the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race, the third French skipper to quit after losing his mast.

Bestaven's mast snapped during a storm Monday, and he was heading back to Les Sables d'Olonne to repair the damages.

"I've thrown away all the work we've done for the past year," Bestaven told the race Web site Tuesday night. "It's the worst thing that could have happened to me. I'm exhausted, disgusted to see our world ...

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