sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya repairs under way

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya repairs under way

'Team Sanya arrive in Cape Town after retiring from leg 1 due to severe damage. Team Sanya are currently building a replacement bow section that is currently being fitted - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

Sanya arrived in Cape Town by container ship on Wednesday and ever since the pace of work has been incredible. Within half an hour of getting to the boat into dock the team had made a rough cut of the damaged area and since then it's been a case of cutting back and back.

'It's a bit like when you get your first car and you go for the first safety inspection and they keep chopping rust out of it until you end up with no car left,' said Team Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson.

'Basically, this was a very safe cut and the guys have to keep working back until we get to real boat -- boat that hasn't been ripped apart. The hole will get bigger.'

The six-person team from Salthouse Boatbuilders in New Zealand had to make the replacement section generously oversized as until now they had been unable to fully assess the damage. Now the boat has arrived safely back, they are ready to trim the new piece to size.

'Luckily, it looks like the new bit we've built will be big enough and hopefully in two or three days' time we'll have a complete boat, an almost watertight boat, and then four days after that we'll have a structurally integral boat,' said Sanderson.

'Where the repairs are done will end up being the strongest part of the boat. It will be as good or better than new.'

The repair work will continue without pause as the team bid to get the boat back in water by December 7. That will give them enough time to test and fine-tune to be ready for the Cape Town In-Port Race on December 10, or so Sanderson hopes.

'It's certainly a less than ideal scenario,' he said. 'The Volvo Ocean Race is all about preparation and having everything ready. There's a fairly large hole here that is only going to get larger before it gets smaller.

'But we do have a timeline. The plans are incredibly tight, with no room for things going bad, but at this stage we're still on track.

'We should be taking three weeks to do this and we've got a week. It doesn't mean we're taking unnecessary risks but we'll be working long into the night.

'We'll be lucky to get any sailing in at all before the In-Port Race and we have the leg start the next day but the safety of the boat and the crew are of the highest priority. We'll make sure she's back in one piece.'

Sanya were one of three teams forced to ship their boats to Cape Town after retiring from a fraught Leg 1.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing also arrived in Cape Town by container ship on Wednesday after losing her rig on the first night.

Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg have sent a ship to the remote settlement of Tristan da Cunha to pick up the boat and crew and bring them back. Their best case ETA is December 6.

Volvo Ocean Race website




by Volvo Ocean Race

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=91382

3:37 AM Fri 2 Dec 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race

Related News Stories:

21 Aug 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Official Video of latest edtion
21 Aug 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: All-Women crew announced for the 2014-15 edition
31 Jul 2012  B&G helps Volvo Ocean Race winner to victory
18 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: And when the race is over.... + Video
18 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Calling up the Reinforcements
16 Jul 2012  The most successful Volvo Ocean Race yet
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Sanderson wants to go again
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race: Reluctant hero Marsh takes seamanship honour
16 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean race: How the closest ever race was won
10 Jul 2012  Volvo Ocean Race - Perfection never enough for Franck Cammas
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





















International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,






















Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi   
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition   
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT