Team Sanya Out of VOR Legs 5 and 6 After Rudder Damage

More problems plague teams on Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Team Sanya will make their return to competitive action in the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami, with the team reluctantly announcing on Monday that all options that would get the boat back in the race in Brazil have now been exhausted.

Sanya were forced to head back to New Zealand after rudder and hull damage suffered on March 22 meant they could not carry on racing into the Southern Ocean. Unable to deploy the reserve race rudder as the bearings had been mangled, they are using the emergency rudder over the stern of the boat to sail to Tauranga.

The shore team have spent the last several days investigating all options on how they might get back into the race as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to arrange for the boat to reach Itajaí in time, meaning they will miss Leg 6 and return for the Miami In-Port Race on May 19 and the start of Leg 7 to Lisbon on May 20.

The race boat and team are due to reach Tauranga in New Zealand on the evening of Tuesday, March 27, where they will immediately prepare the boat for shipment from Tauranga to Savannah, GA. DHL, the race’s official logistics partner, have organized all the team’s freight, have arranged for a crane to haul the boat out of the water and will oversee all on-site operations in a major boost to the team.

The boat will be loaded onto a ship departing on the evening of Thursday, March 29 and is due to reach Savannah on April 27.

“Once we reach Savannah, we will re-assemble our shore team there and carry out the necessary repairs,” said David Duff, COO for Team Sanya. “We will then sail the race boat for the 350 mile trip from Savannah to Miami as a shake-down opportunity and we should be in place in Miami in early May – in line with the other race boats that are expected there on May 6.”

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