Even today with the way cool boats and amazing sailors, you have to finish to win.
From the Barcelona World Race web site:
Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes, skippers of yacht HUGO BOSS which was leading the Barcelona World Race this evening lost their mast at 21.02 GMT. The IMOCA 60 was reaching in moderate conditions when it is reported there was a rigging failure and the mast fell overboard and broke.
Briton Thomson, 40, and Spaniard Ribes, 43 will cease racing in the Barcelona World Race 2014 -2015. The skippers and the shore team are currently evaluating how to get the boat to the nearest landfall, which is likely to be Salvador de Bahia in Brazil which is a significant distance from the boat’s current position.