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TOUGH SEA AND RACE ON GROUND : PUMA RETIRED FROM LEG 1

Onboard Mar Mostro under jury rig
Onboard Mar Mostro under jury rig © Amory Ross / Puma Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race

The guys from Puma Ocean Racing are showing a great professionalism by already having established a jury rig.

For shore crew the race is launched by now. They have to secure logistics to send the spare mast to Cape Town as well as to organize the process to fix the Mast problem and refit the yacht MAR MOSTRO in South Africa

If the Volvo Ocean Race is a competition between starved crew, it's also a competition for engineers and technicians. And that's why businessmen, CEO, managers , love this race!


Here is the press release : 

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG have officially retired from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 after suffering a broken mast.

The rig on board PUMA’s Mar Mostro failed on Monday, November 21, at around 1500 UTC in the southern Atlantic Ocean, about 2,150 nautical miles from Cape Town, South Africa. All crew were uninjured. 

The team have recovered all three pieces of the mast and all sails from the water. They are currently headed towards the small island of Tristan da Cunha, less than 700 nautical miles away. 

“We’ve just withdrawn from the leg,” said skipper Ken Read. “We have [the mast] jury rigged.  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.” 

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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