Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sanya Suffers From Rudder Damage - Volvo Ocean Race Update

Team Sanya are working to repair damage to their Volvo Open 70 racing yacht after a broken windward rudder caused the aft compartment of the boat to take on water. Sanya, who were leading Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí in Brazil at the time, reported the damage to Race Control in Alicante at 0800 UTC.
Photo: Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race
The team, skippered by the experienced New Zealander Mike Sanderson, said they were working through the aft deck hatch to pump water from the aft watertight compartment. There is no water leaking into the main compartment of the boat.

The reasons for the broken rudder were not immediately clear. The damage occurred while the boat was doing between 20 and 25 knots in waves of between 2.5 and 3 metres.
Photo: Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Open 70s have two rudders and each boat also carries one extra emergency rudder. This rudder can be mounted either on the stern or through the same bearings as the original rudders.The problem occurred on Thursday, Day 5 of Leg 5 from Auckland in New Zealand to Itajaí in Brazil.
Photo: Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race
At the time, Sanya held a slim lead over four other boats in the main pack with over 5,500 nautical miles to go to the finish line.It is the third big setback suffered by Sanya since the start of the race. Shortly after leaving Alicante on Leg 1 they suffered major bow damage that meant they had to be shipped to Cape Town.
Photo: Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race
Then, while leading the fleet on Leg 2, a key piece of rigging broke, forcing them to head to Madagascar for repairs. Latest estimates say the first boats will arrive in Itajaí on April 4.

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