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Team Vestas Wind runs aground

 

 

In the early hours of Sunday morning (NZT), Team Vestas Wind informed Race Control that their boat was grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, no one was injured and the crew, which includes Kiwis Tony Rae and Rob Salthouse, has now been rescued by the local coastguard.

 

Team Alvimedica diverted to the site of the grounding to standby to assist but has now been released by Race Control and is continuing to race towards Abu Dhabi. Read Team Alvimedica's account of what happened here in the words of navigator Will Oxley.

 

Team Vestas Wind reports severe damage to the boat including both rudders broken and water ingress in the stern compartment.

 

Race Control has confirmed that the crew will stay on the Íle du Sud, where there is a house and some facilities. Team Vestas Wind is making plans with Volvo Ocean Race on how to transport the crew off the island as well as how to salvage the boat.

 

Regular updates are available here

 

Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, said: “I’m extremely relieved that every one of the nine crew members now are safe and that nobody is injured. That has always been our first priority since we first learned about the grounding.

 

“At the same time, I’m deeply saddened that this happened to Team Vestas Wind and Chris Nicholson and his team. It’s devastating for the team, for the race and for everyone involved. I really feel for Chris and the team right now and we will continue to support them all the way going forward.”

 

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