Ken Read and his PUMA team arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday, 15 days after a broken mast set them out on a remarkable adventure.
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, who were at sea for a total of 31 days on Leg 1, made it into the Cape Town port late on Tuesday night.
For much of the leg they were challenging for the lead with Team Telefónica only to dismast on November 21 while in the South Atlantic.
They were left with no choice but to point their boat in the direction of Tristan da Cunha and hope for the best. Thanks to some diesel borrowed from a nearby ship that diverted to help them, they made it to the world’s most remote human settlement and spent several days enjoying the volcanic island’s hospitality before the container ship TEAM BREMEN could come for her.
They managed to get the boat loaded on board on Friday and worked on it during the journey back to Cape Town. They now have less than four days to get the replacement mast stepped and the boat in condition to take part in Saturday’s In-Port Race, with Leg 2 to Abu Dhabi starting 24 hours later.