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Sanya suspends racing, prepare Madagascar repair plan

© Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race
© Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race

The 20th of December Team Sanya officially suspended racing on Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as they prepared to put a repair plan in place on the island of Madagascar.

“We have got to get ashore and get our plan firmly locked in. Our mast and rig supplier are moving heaven and earth to make sure we get back in the race as soon as possible"


A day ago the Chinese boat sustained damage to a vital piece of rigging while leading the fleet and were forced to nurse their boat to the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar to assess the damage and formulate a plan to rejoin the race as soon as possible.

Navigator Aksel Magdahl informed race control of the suspension at 0807 UTC on Tuesday before the boat docked.

Skipper Mike Sanderson has described their situation as “down but not out” and said the crew and shore team were now focused on finding the quickest way to return to racing.

“We have got to get ashore and get our plan firmly locked in," he said. "Our mast and rig supplier are moving heaven and earth to make sure we get back in the race as soon as possible.

“We have got a great shore crew and they are coming up with action plans.”

Team Sanya, the first ever sole Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, were forced to retire from the first leg of the race from Alicante to cape Town after suffering severe damage to their bow on the first night.

A mammoth logistics operation saw the boat shipped to Cape Town where a new bow section was grafted into the boat just days before racing recommenced.

They have not retired from Leg 2 and can still score points for every stage even if they miss the ship that will transport the boats from a secret safe haven port through piracy affected waters to a point off the Sharjah coastline.


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