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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rigs and Round The Clock Repairs - Volvo Ocean Race Update

As focus in the Volvo Ocean Race shifts from ocean racing to the business of boatbuilding, several of the teams have started receiving their precious cargo in order to be back on track for the in-port race in just over a week.
Photo: Mark Bow/Volvo Ocean Race
PUMA's new mast and rigging is in transit but still no sign of their boat after their first cargo ship was cancelled at the last minute to pick the boat up from the island of Tristan da Cunha. A ship has now been despatched from Durban but the truck transporting the mast on the two-day trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town keeps breaking down.

“It’s been a huge ordeal, a proper test of nerves, and it’s not over yet,” said PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG rigger Mike Brady, who is overseeing the transport of the mast.

“It’s like warfare – periods of activity with lots of waiting. The truck sounds like it’s on its last legs, which is a bit of a concern because the job’s only half done. It’s broken down three times, but I’m told it’s not going to happen any more.”
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
Team Sanya, who suffered damage to the boat's hull inside the first 24 hours of the race start, now have their second-generation Volvo Open 70 back in Cape Town  There will be no let up in the work schedule as the repair team get cracking.
Photo: Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
Abu Dhabi arrived safely and was lifted by crane straight off the ship and into the water. From there, she motored round to the Abu Dhabi base and the sailors and shore crew set to work unloading the boat that lost her rig on the first leg.

"It's great, even though it isn't quite how we wanted to arrive in Cape Town," said skipper Ian Walker before joining in with the unloading. "It's taken a lot of work to get organised and get her here safely."

Lulu Roseman

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