These boats are just not strong enough. 10 days into a round the world single-handed race 5 of the 20 Vendee Globe starters have withdrawn - broken keels, dismasting, etc. But the resourcefulnes of the skippers continues to amaze. This is a French dominated event but a few Brits continue to take a whack at it. Alex Thomson is in third, 28 miles behind the leader, and Mike Golding in 4th another 100 miles back. With 21,000 miles to go it's anybody's race.