Around 90 nautical miles from the destination of the Vendée Globe in Les Sables-d'Olonne, solo circumnavigator Boris Herrmann collided with a fishing boat.
His team confirmed this on Wednesday evening.
According to his own statement, the 39-year-old Hamburg was unharmed, his yacht "Seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco" was damaged.
Herrmann continued sailing at a reduced speed.
At the time of the incident, he was in third place.
Due to a time credit of six hours, he was considered a contender until the collision.
The French “Apivia” skipper Charlie Dalin was the first to cross the finish line. The 36-year-old professional sailor and yacht designer finished his solo circumnavigation of the world over 28,267.88 nautical miles in 80 days, 6 hours, 15 minutes and 47 seconds. Because of the time credits from Herrmann and the fifth-placed Frenchman Yannick Bestaven with the “Maître Coq IV”, he was not yet able to feel like a winner.