Sam Davies has explained the “violent” crash which sent her flying across her boat, injuring her ribs, however more importantly, possibly ending her Vendee Globe challenge. After compatriot Alex Thomson was required to stop racing last weekend following a collision with sea debris which triggered his boat Hugo Boss irreversible rudder damage, now Davies’ race remains in jeopardy. The 46 year-old, who completed fourth in the 2008/ 9 edition and was dismasted on her 2nd attempt four years later on, was on Thursday night depending on 14 th place having actually turned her boat back towards shelter at Cape Agulhas, east of Cape Town, to examine whether she can continue. The latest incident in a race which is becoming a war of attrition occurred overnight on Wednesday after Davies gybed in 30-35 knots of wind. “That had actually gone well,” she stated on Thursday. “I mored than happy with where I was. I was in fact simply making a hot meal after the gybe and the stack and everything and it was just beginning to get dark. I struck something. I did not see anything. I did not understand what it was. It was practically dark when it happened. It was as if I had actually run aground on a rock at the time. “The boatspeed went from 20 kts to absolutely no. The boat nosedived on the impact with the keel. I understood it was the keel. I heard a crack originating from there. I and whatever else flew forwards, including my dinner which has actually repainted the entire within my boat. Everything moved. “I went flying into a ring frame, fortunately, since that could have been even worse. It was actually violent. Thankfully I have just harm some ribs. It is not severe however really unpleasant.” Davies stopped sailing, dropping the mainsail, and went around inspecting whatever, communicating with her shore team, boat designers and structural engineers to check she was not in any instant threat. They concluded that she was safe “unless I cruise fast”. “So I am heading slowly towards Cape Town since that is the closest shelter and we are continuing to examine the damage and what to do with my shore group who are being incredible,” she included. Davies’s event is the most recent alarming event in a race which has actually already seen one race preferred restart, another two pull out, including Thomson, and the remarkable rescue of a 4th from his life raft after his boat “folded in 2” in the South Atlantic previously today.