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Despair as Puma loses mast

 

 

More drama in Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean race as PUMA, powered by Berg Propulsion, lost her mast in the early hours of Tuesday morning (NZ time). No-one was hurt in the incident. It's the second mast failure of the Race after Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing suffered a mast breakage just six hours into Leg I. 

 

PUMA skipper Ken Read reported: “We were sailing on a port tack, beam reaching in 22-23 knots of breeze, heading east northeast with eight to 10 foot waves when the mast failed. There were no warning signs.

 

“There was no panic onboard, and all crew are safe and well.”

 

“Thanks to amazing seamanship, the three pieces of the mast and all of the sails were recovered. We haven’t suspended racing at this point and are weighing our options.

 

“At this point we are not using our engine, but are taking some time to clear our heads and evaluate next steps. Our plans may include heading to the island of Tristan da Cunha – about 700 nautical miles from us, nearly on the way to Cape Town."

 

Volvo Ocean Race control advises that the Brazilian search and rescue organisation have been informed and are on standby to assist if necessary. Volvo Ocean Race control is in constant contact with the team to establish the full extent of the damage and ensure the crew are given full support to enable them to deal with the situation.

 

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