The Volvo Ocean Race truly lived up to its name as the toughest ocean race a mere six hours off the start on Saturday when Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was clobbered by a wave and broke their mast and Team Sanya suffered major hull damage.
Abu Dhabi Ocean racing returned to Alicante for repairs and was expected to re-start Leg 1 last night. Team Sanya went into the port of Motril to survey the damage, which was determined to be extensive, and made it clear that they would have to drop out of leg 1. Team Sanya will now truck their boat from Motril to Gibralter on Friday, where it will then be boarded onto a Maersk Line ship and head to Cape Town, South Africa with an estimated delivery date of late November. The team will work around the clock to replace a section of the bow in one week (a job that normally takes three weeks) to be ready for the start of Leg 2 on December 11.
Of the four teams that are on the water, Team Telefonica was in the lead as of Wednesday afternoon, however PUMA Ocean Racing was hot on their heels only five nautical miles behind them. Groupama was lagging 15 nautical miles behind the leader, and Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand had 62 nautical miles to catch up.
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