Coming back from Australia to Auckland (where the 60 foot tri took some hard blows in the Round Australia in Bass Straight) Steinlager 1 lost the bow section of one of the floats but was saved because of crash bulkheads. After reparation here, the tri was sold to France and Loic Peyron entered it in one of the single handed Atlantic races where, even he, of great experience and exceptional talent, found the large chord (2 metre) wing mast too difficult to control during very high winds and, I'm a bit vague here, either the rig came down or something else broke and the boat was lost. Peyron said afterwards that he thought the big wing was a big mistake. A similar thing occurred to him in the 2002 Route du Rhum where his beautiful ORMA Fujifilm, dropped the rig and smashed the beams, and was also lost. Now, of course, he and crew have just sailed Banque Populaire V around the world in 45 days, on a maxi tri - but one with a much larger area wing mast than S1.