Damaged VOR Boats Prove They’re Back in Business During In-Port Racing

Oh, happy day! There are six competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race again.

He is the only skipper in this edition to know firsthand what it takes to win a Volvo Ocean Race, and Mike Sanderson is confident that despite finishing last in the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race on Saturday, luck is due to come Team Sanya’s way.

“I was actually really pleased with how we went round the course,” Sanderson told volvooceanrace.com on the dock today following the second of the 10 in-port races.

“We didn’t have the right jib up as it turned out, but we were going fine and we had some nice maneuvers and it was what it was. Full credit to the whole team, the guys sailed the boat well today. That’s the most we’ve ever sailed the boat in breeze around an in-port track. We’ve got to wait for the dice to roll our way and they will some time soon.”

Ten days ago, Team Sanya’s stricken Volvo Open 70 arrived in Cape Town via container ship with a gaping hole in the bow, picked up inside the first 24 hours of Leg 1 from Alicante.

Then followed a miraculous round-the-clock mission to get Sanya back to racing which saw their shore team carry out a three-week job in just seven days.

After relaunching on Wednesday, Sanderson, winner of the 2005-06 edition with ABN AMRO ONE, said his team’s goal would be to get round the short course in one piece – and that’s just what they did, hitting speeds of up to 20 knots as they blasted around the course in Table Bay.

“The boat’s in great shape,” he said. “We didn’t do one bit of damage, so we’re pretty good to go tomorrow. It’s looking pretty funky out there and that’s what we need.”

Also joining the fleet again for the first time in weeks were PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, both victims of mast-breaks during Leg 1.

For the complete story, go to www.volvooceanrace.com.

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