He is the only skipper in this edition to know first hand what it takes to win a Volvo Ocean Race – and Mike Sanderson is confident that despite finishing last in the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race on Saturday luck is due to come Team Sanya’s way.
"We’ve got to wait for the dice to roll our way and they will some time soon” - Mike Sanderson
“I was actually really pleased with how we went round the course,” Sanderson told volvooceanrace.com on the dock today following the second of the 10 in-port races.
“We didn’t have the right jib up as it turned out but we were going fine and we had some nice manoeuvres and it was what it was.
“Full credit to the whole team, the guys sailed the boat well today. That’s the most we’ve ever sailed the boat in breeze around an in-port track. We’ve got to wait for the dice to roll our way and they will some time soon.”
Ten days ago Team Sanya’s stricken Volvo Open 70 arrived in Cape Town via container ship with a gaping hole in the bow, picked up inside the first 24 hours of Leg 1 from Alicante.
Then followed a miraculous round-the-clock mission to get Sanya back to racing which saw their shore team carry out a three-week job in just seven days.
After relaunching on Wednesday, Sanderson, winner of the 2005-06 edition with ABN AMRO ONE, said his team’s goal would be to get round the short course in one piece – and that’s just what they did, hitting speeds of up to 20 knots as they blasted around the course in Table Bay.
“The boat’s in great shape,” he said. “We didn’t do one bit of damage, so we’re pretty good to go tomorrow. It’s looking pretty funky out there and that’s what we need.”
Also joining the fleet again for the first time in weeks were PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, both victims of mast-breaks during Leg 1.
Both boats have had their new masts in place for less than a week – but that didn’t stop skippers Ken Read and Ian Walker hitting the accelerator for their return to racing.
After leading on the first lap PUMA had to settle for third place behind winners Team Telefónica and runners up CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, while Abu Dhabi came in one place behind in fourth place.
“The boat did its part today,” PUMA skipper Ken Read said. "We might have let the boat down a bit. These things happen. I was telling the world yesterday we needed to back off and get the boat round the course but clearly that wasn't an option.”
Walker added: “We held our position throughout the race. The wind softened on the first leg and that made the other guys’ decision to start at the other end pay off. The fleet sailed really well and we were ready to capitalise on any mistakes but in the end there weren’t any.”
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