Race leaders Groupama, Abu Dhabi and Team Telefónica faced a dilemma on Tuesday after the independent international jury ruled that they would each incur two-point penalties if they hauled their boats out of the water for repairs.
Under race rules, the fleet is required to stay in the water with their masts in place during the Lorient stopover, but damage to a keel fairing on Abu Dhabi, two broken rudders on Telefónica and mast problems on Groupama led to all three making requests to the jury for dispensation.
Under the terms of the ruling posted on the race´s official noticeboard, only repairs specified in their requests could be carried out with any other remedial work or cleaning strictly prohibited.
Early reactions from Abu Dhbai and Groupama suggest neither are likely to incurr the points penalty with both formulating plans to carry out the repairs with the boats in the water.
On Tuesday morning, the jury denied Telefónica's request to use a pair of rudders not included in their certified race inventory. The jury ruling also indicated that use of non compliant rudders in the Lorient In-Port Race, Leg 9 or the in-port race in Galway would result in a penalty of one place per scoring opportunity.
The Spanish team are currently digesting the content of the ruling and considering their options.
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