Repairs start for Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Only six of the seven teams are competing now in Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Hong Kong to Australia as Vestas 11th Hour Racing is on a mission to repair their boat following the collision with a fishing boat as they neared the finish line of Leg 4 in Hong Kong.

After revealing on February 5 they were loading the boat onto a freight vessel in Hong Kong for transportation to Auckland, they report today the yacht was offloaded from the transport ship in Tauranga, New Zealand, and was then transported that evening by truck 200 kilometers to a shipyard in Auckland where repairs will begin.

Due to the strict one-design nature of the Volvo Ocean 65, a bow section was fabricated from existing moulds at Persico Marine in Italy and transported to Auckland.

The plan is to remove the damaged parts of the hull and attach the new section under the supervision of an independent surveyor to adhere to the class rules.

The goal is to re-launch in time for Leg 7 to Itajaí, Brazil, on March 18th.

This story is from Scuttlebutt Sailing News.

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