Volvo Ocean Race leg one, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town commenced on Saturday 5th November. Mike Sanderson’s Team Sanya have confirmed that they are 100% focused on trying to get their boat shipped to Cape Town after picking up structural damage in the first 24 hours of action in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Team Sanya, skippered by Mike Sanderson from New Zealand at the start of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean race 2011-12
The decision was taken yesterday to suspend racing in the first leg of the 39,000 nautical mile race following an assessment of the damage to Sanya’s hull.
It is still unclear exactly what had caused the damage, which occurred when the boat was 30 nautical miles southeast of Motril, on the southern coast of Spain.
Sanya pulled into Motril and a closer inspection revealed structural damage to a large section of the Volvo Open 70’s bow section.
The team’s management are this morning holding a meeting to assess options and plan their next move.
Volvo Ocean Race