Puma’s skipper Ken Read is starting to shed some light on the possible cause of their mast failure in his latest update:
….so, we are back on track for the moment, awaiting our shipping plan from Tristan to Cape Town from Tim Hacket and Kimo Worthington who essentially are working around the clock and have more balls in the air than a circus clown. The mast team assembled today back in Rhode Island, we had a conference call with them and a plan is in place to upgrade several small fasteners on the mast that we believe one of which may have been what failed. We need a full-blown forensics team out here, or the cast of “CSI Miami,” to find out every little detail. It is really difficult to know the cause for sure because the mast and a lot of the rigging is mangled. You never really know what let go to start the disaster or what damage happened as it came crashing down. But, we have great people on it and everyone is working really hard to make sure this doesn’t happen again.