• 22-MAR-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Wounded Team Sanya Turn Back with Broken Rudder - New Video Available

Auckland, NZ – Team Sanya are heading towards New Zealand after suffering damage to their starboard rudder Thursday, four days into Leg 5 from New Zealand to Brazil. The team expects to take between four and five days to reach New Zealand and they continue to assess their options in terms of how to get back in the race as quickly as possible. Skipper Mike Sanderson said he and the crew were devastated to have suffered the damage, which occurred after they led the fleet out of Auckland at the start of the leg and then moved into first place again shortly before the rudder breakage. "It's unbelievable, I'm just lost for words," Sanderson said shortly after making an assessment of the broken rudder which also tore a hole in the back of the boat flooding the aft compartment. "The rudder snapped in between the boat and the deck which is just the worst thing that can happen because then it just leverages itself off he boat and leaves a pretty messy trail," he said. Sanderson said the crew had been in 'preservation mode' for several hours after the incident which happened at 0800 UTC today as Sanya were powering along at speeds of around 25 knots at the head of the fleet. "We had to save the boat," Sanderson said. "We had the whole aft compartment full of water, about three to four tonnes, and it was pressing. "The guys have just finished fixing the hole which has taken a couple of hours and we've fitted the emergency steering and we'll be heading back to New Zealand."


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