Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica Blue Fixes Damaged Steering Gear

Telefonica Blue re-joins the Volvo Ocean Race after stopping for repairs. Image copyright David Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race.

by Volvo Ocean Race media

Telefonica Blue officially suspended racing having reached landfall near Gibraltar last night to undertake repairs to the steering gear they damaged soon after the race start in Alicante.

Bouwe Bekking and his crew notified race HQ at 18:53:26 GMT that they had stopped at the port of Algeciras in the Bay of Gibralta.

Telefonica Blue pulls out of the race to rectify damage. Image copyright David Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race.

Bouwe Bekking’s men have completed repairs to their damaged steering system are back on the race track, where overnight, the fleet compressed heading into the Atlantic.

The Telefonica Blue crew raised their mainsail at 06:17 GMT and the team proceeded to their last racing position where they resumed racing at 06:53 after serving their minimum 12 hour pit stop penalty.

Telefonica Blue's damaged steering gear. Image copyright David Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race.

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