SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Team Vestas Wind: '70 per cent rebuild, in half the time'
- But schedule is still tight to return Danish boat to race
BERGAMO, Italy, April 30 - Most of Team Vestas Wind crew members have been reunited in Bergamo, Italy, at the Persico shipyard where the rebuilt process progresses swiftly and on a very tight schedule to make it possible for the boat to be in Lisbon, ready to join in for the last legs of the Volvo Ocean Race.
The shed at Persico Marine in Bergamo, Italy, is bustling with activity with dozens of people working on the different parts of the re-born Vestas Wind boat and, with most the team now reunited on site, the final works and preparations have even been pushed forward.
With less than one month to go to the Lisbon stopover, the schedule is tighter than ever - another race against time since the blue boat crashed on a coral reef in the Indian Ocean on November 29 during Leg 2.
"We managed to build 70% of the boat in half of the time that would normally be needed." explained shore manager Neil Cox. "The hull is totally new, 60% of the internal structures have been replaced, while we managed to keep some 70% of the original deck. The deck was the only part that hasn't been produced here, but at Multipast in France."</I>
The boat was deconstructed piece by piece before the real re-built process could begin, with the help of a highly specialised team of up to 24 people coming from all over the world, working in shifts.
The team aims to be ready to leave Italy on time to reach their number one objective: being on the Leg 8 starting line in Lisbon on June 7.
The trip from Northern Italy to Lisbon could take as long as seven days and the possibility of having the boat transported by ferry to Spain is being evaluated.