• 28-MAR-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Three Boats Face Repairs

Overall race leaders Team Telefónica will make a stop at the Argentine port of Ushuaia to repair bow damage and give themselves the best chance of holding on to a podium position in Leg 5.

Telefónica announced several days ago that they were slowing down to prevent further damage and skipper Iker Martínez confirmed on Tuesday that delamination to the bow, sustained when a huge wave crashed down on them last week, would make a stop necessary before the finish line in Itajaí in Brazil.

The team expect to reach Cape Horn and reach Ushuaia between the afternoon of Friday, March 30 and the morning of Saturday, March 31.

Meanwhile, the third place boat in the overall standings, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, will divert to Puerto Montt on the west coast of Chile to repair bow damage suffered in the ferocious conditions currently being experienced in the Southern Ocean. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson confirmed the need to go in for repairs, while pledging to resume racing and reach the finish of Leg 5 Itajaí in Brazil.

Still hanging on to fourth but heading to southern Chile to carry out repairs to their damaged bow, CAMPER today celebrated getting to within 2,000 miles of their destination, Puerto Montt.

Lastly, Team Sanya arrived back in New Zealand late Tuesday in order to be loaded onto a ship and be transferred to the United States for repairs and resume racing in Leg 7. The team broke a rudder during heavy sailing in the Southern Ocean.


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