[VIDEO] Detours for Sanya, CAMPER as Southern Ocean Wreaks Havoc

The Southern Ocean has lived up to its promises as rough seas and high winds have wreaked havoc on the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Out of the six boats racing, two are already out of commission and will stop to make repairs at some point along the leg.

Team Sanya was affected early on, suffering rudder and hull damage that skipper Mike Sanderson believed warranted a turnaround back to New Zealand. Sanderson said, “we are 100 percent focused on getting back into the race as quickly as possible, with the safety of the boat and the crew being of highest priority.” While the team ideally would be back on the start line in Itajai, Sanderson believes that the Miami In-Port Race is the more likely option for the team’s continuation of racing.\

CAMPER was more recently damaged, with the delamination of one of their bulkheads. They have chosen to divert to Puerto Montt, Chile, nearly 2,500 nm from their current position. Once there, they will assess the damage and repair accordingly before heading back around the Cape to Itajai.

We will continue to keep you updated as events progress further.

Photo by Nick Dana / ADOR / Volvo Ocean Race.

Report time: Sun, 25 Mar 2012, 13:18:26 UTC

Pos Team
DTL
(Nm)
DTLC
(Nm)
Speed
(KTS)
DTF
(Nm)
1
GPMA GPMA
0.00
0

21.3
4029.3
2
PUMA PUMA
47.90
2

19.8
4077.2
3
TELE TELE
120.40
16

16.2
4149.8
4
CMPR CMPR
298.40
34

10.9
4327.7
5
ADOR ADOR
935.90
53

4.6
4965.3
6
SNYA SNYA

16.4

 

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