PUMA have retired from Leg 1 of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race after a broken mast shattered the American team's bid to complete the remaining 2,100 nautical miles to Cape Town, South Africa.
“This is about earning points in this race. We think by sacrificing points on this first leg, it gives us a chance to actually earn points for the second leg and the In-Port Race. So, that’s our goal" - Ken Read
The rig on board PUMA Ocean Racing Powered by BERG's Mar Mostro failed on Monday, November 21, at around 1500 UTC in the southern Atlantic Ocean in north-eastrly winds gusting up to 23 knots.
The team have recovered all three pieces of the mast and all sails from the water. They are currently heading towards the small island of Tristan da Cunha, less than 700 nautical miles away.
Skipper Ken Read reported that all the crew were uninjured but obviously devastated by the news. Read said the team had constructed a jury rig and were slowly continuing to make ground.
"We have about 15 feet of mast left. We have our trysail and storm jib awkwardly set. We’re supplementing that with really low revs of the engine just to make forward progress.
“As you can imagine, there aren’t a lot of smiles right now, but one way to make it even worse would be to proclaim that there wasn’t a chance to make the next leg.
“This is about earning points in this race. We think by sacrificing points on this first leg, it gives us a chance to actually earn points for the second leg and the In-Port Race. So, that’s our goal.
“We have all of our fantastic PUMA shore team, the BERG team and of course Volvo all trying to sort it out right now, giving us the help that we need to get to Cape Town in order to make repairs and be ready for the next leg.”
Listen to the full interview with Ken Read HERE
PUMA’s mast broke when she was in second position trailing race leader Team Telefónica by just 31nm in the Leg 1 race from Alicante, Spain, to Cape Town. The cause of the dismasting is not known at this stage.
PUMA Ocean Racing’s shore team is working on a recovery plan to ensure the yacht can rejoin the race as soon as practically possible and will work closely with Volvo Ocean Race to determine the cause of the dismasting.
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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- 14 Nov 2011Read and Martínez slug it out at the front