Thank you for your support
We have been inundated with messages of support for Ned and Sam. Team Concise would like to thank you all. Here is just a small selection of the emails, texts and twitter comments we have received:
"Very sorry to see that the boys have had to pull out of the race. Terribly disappointing for them and for you for I am sure you were on the edge of your seat these last few days." - Pete Goss MBE
"Very sorry to hear of the lad’s problems. You must be very proud of their achievement in the race to date though.
Impressive. Well done." - Merfyn Owen, Owen Clarke Design
"Very sorry to hear of the boys' retirement. Please convey my sympathy and also congratulate them on an amazing effort." - Edward Warden Owen, CEO, Royal Ocean Racing Club
"Sorry to hear about the boys. We were watching intently! I'm glad they are safe and man they were kicking some ass!" - Ben Poucher, Bandit Racing, Newport, Rhode Island.
"So sorry to hear that Ned and Sam are out of the TJV on Concise2. They had such an impressive race." - Brian Thompson
"Absolutely gutted to hear that Concise2 have had to retire from the TJV after taking first place in the Class 40s." - Mike Pickering
"Gutted for Concise2 having to retire from the TJV. Ned and Sam are real stars of the future." - Mike Golding
"I was very happy for Concise2 when I saw their position this morning (when they had taken the lead). What a shame, I am so disappointed for them." - Alex Thomson
"Gutted for Concise2. Two really nice, bright, talented sailors. Watch this space as they'll be back I'm sure for more." - Emily Caroe
"It will be difficult to take any solis from this after enforced retirement but to be awarded the 'maillot jaune' (Yellow Jersey) is a great honour in French cycling (I am sure other TDF fans will confirm this) even if you do not carry it right to the end - they have done fantastically!" - Christopher Burgess: