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Amer Sports Too Forced to Retire

May 2, 2002

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SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) _ Amer Sports Too broke its mast and was forced to retire from the seventh leg of the Volvo Ocean Race on Thursday.

The all-female crewed Amer Sports Too was approximately 400 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, when its mast snapped in light winds of 12 knots on Wednesday.

``There was a loud bang and the mast came down,″ skipper Lisa McDonald said. ``We don’t know why it broke. Once we have sorted ourselves out and got underway again we will take a very close look.″

The eight-boat fleet left Annapolis on April 28 for La Rochelle, France, where the boats are expected to arrive on May 10.

Overall leader illbruck had an 11-mile lead over Assa Abloy and a 16-mile lead over Tyco.

Team SEB, News Corp. and Amer Sports One follow are all within 22 miles of Tyco. Seventh-place djuice dragons trails illbruck by 52 miles.

No decision has been made whether Amer Sports Too will sail to Canada or continue to France under a makeshift rig to repair the boat in time for the start of the eighth leg on May 25.

The nine-month race is scheduled to end June 9 in Kiel, Germany.

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