The three teams that suffered damage in Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race are now racing the clock to get their boats back in the game for the in-port racing on December 10th and the start of Leg 2 on December 11th, but two of them have given themselves closer deadlines.
With the arrival of their boats on Wednesday, Team Sanya plans to get its hull repaired by Friday and repainted to get back in the water by December 7, while Team Abu Dhabi’s Ian Walker has also said that he expects they’ll be splashing the boat on the same day.
“The ship Red Cedar, bringing Azzam to Cape Town, is on time and due in on Wednesday morning. All being well, we will be sailing by December 7 with two days training before the pro-am race,” said Walker. “We would love to get back into the race with another in-port win.”
Meanwhile, PUMA Ocean Racing will be cutting things very close with their earliest possible arrival date in Cape Town being December 6th. This leaves them very little time or room for error in replacing their mast.
The half of the fleet that did finish Leg 1 of the race was lead by Telefonica, followed by Camper approximately 16 1/2 hours behind them, and Groupama, who finished three days later.
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