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

 

Sail-World.com : Volvo Ocean Race - 'Down but not out' says Team Sanya skipper

Volvo Ocean Race - 'Down but not out' says Team Sanya skipper

'Team Sanya during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12'    Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race    Click Here to view large photo

The Volvo Ocean Race crew aboard Team Sanya suffered damage to part of their rigging early on Monday but, skipper Mike Sanderson maintains that his team will be back in the race for Leg 3 to their home port of Sanya.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident and the crew are all safe. The incident means Sanya are highly likely to have to rejoin the race for the second stage of Leg 3 rather than in Leg 2. The damage was to a vital piece of the mast’s supporting rigging called the D2.


Team Sanya are sailing towards the town of Tolagnero in the south east of Madagascar, with an ETA of Tuesday at 0700 UTC. They will be able to berth there at the new port of Ehoala, where they will finalise a plan to get back in the race. Shore manager Nick Bice and rigger Frano Tregasgis will also arrive there on Tuesday to meet the team and assist in the repair plan.

'Today was a huge blow, for sure one of the worst I have had in my Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race career,' said skipper and team CEO Mike Sanderson.

'The whole team had just done the most amazing job to get us back for Leg 2 after our collision with an obstacle on Leg 1. To then be forced out of this leg whilst leading the fleet with a rigging failure just feels like such a letdown -- but rest assured we will be back for sure for Leg 3.

Team Sanya -  Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race   Click Here to view large photo
'That just has to happen. We made miracles happen to be on the start line for the second leg and now we need to do it again to be able to join the third leg to Sanya. Don’t give up on us! We certainly haven’t lost one bit of faith and we know that we have what it takes to make our team, our families, our sponsors and our growing number of fans proud.'

Because of the anti-piracy plans drawn up by organisers for Legs 2 and 3, the fleet is currently heading towards an undisclosed 'safe haven' port in the Indian Ocean. The boats are due to be loaded onto a ship at that port and transported to a point off the Sharjah coast to resume racing with a sprint into Abu Dhabi.

Race rules mean that Sanya will still score points for Leg 2, the In-Port Race in Abu Dhabi and the first stage of Leg 3 if they cross the finish line at the safe haven port under racing conditions at some point.

Their goal will be to repair the boat, complete the first stage of Leg 2 and then rejoin the fleet when they return by ship after the first stage of Leg 3, which will take the fleet on to the team's home port of Sanya.

Sanya were forced to retire from Leg 1 but the shore crew performed heroics to get the boat repaired in time for the Cape Town In-Port Race and the start of Leg 2 earlier this month.

Sanya Government Deputy Mayor, Mr. Wu Yanjun, showed his support and sent his best wishes to the team: 'The adversity and misfortune that Team Sanya has experienced since the race got started often reminds me of the Long March of the Red Army in China in 1930s --even though the hardship and failures never get out of the way, the victory and successes are just awaiting around the corner. I sincerely wish Team Sanya the best of luck while we are anticipating the team's arrival in Sanya in February of next year.'

* Sanya could still score points in Leg 2 if they finish in the 'safe haven' port and comply with the race rules. There is no time limit for them to do this. Sixth place, for example, would earn them four points.

Under the race rules, they will also score points for the racing they miss in and out of Abu Dhabi on Legs 2 and 3, and for the In-Port Race. Assuming that they are the only boat in this situation and at some stage they do make it to the safe haven port having complied with the rules, their points breakdown would be as follows:

- Leg 2, Cape Town to Safe Haven 1 -- 4 points for sixth place
- Leg 2, closing sprint into Abu Dhabi -- 1 point for sixth place
- Abu Dhabi In-Port Race -- 2 points, as the average for her performances on the two previous in-port races (fourth in Alicante, sixth in Cape Town)
- Leg 3 Stage 1 -- the corresponding points for her final position on Leg 3. So, if Team Sanya finish first in Stage 2 of Leg 3 into Sanya they would receive the full 30 points. Or 25 for second, 20 for third, 15 for fourth, 10 for fifth and 5 for sixth.

Volvo Ocean Race website




by Sophie Luther

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=92040

8:42 PM Mon 19 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







Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,








Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
















Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   


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