Team Vestas Wind Vows to Rejoin Volvo Ocean Race

Crew forced to abandon ship in November

Jan 16, 2015
Outside Magazine
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Team Vestas Wind accident grounded Mauritius shipwreck rescue retrieval

Team Vestas Wind retrieved what they could after their boat grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean.    Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind

After the Team Vestas Wind boat ran aground on a reef in November, the future of the nine-man team in the nine-month Volvo Ocean Race has remained uncertain. In January, the team broke its silence, vowing to rejoin the race despite the delay.

“I am extremely proud to announce that Team Vestas Wind will be rejoining the race by repairing the boat,” said Morten Albæk, CEO of Team Vestas Wind, in a press release. “Vestas is a company that stands up to pressure. We stick with it, we make comebacks. This has become a race for us to rejoin the race.”

The boat, which skipper Chris Nicholson and crew were forced to abandon when the impact broke the ship’s rudders and the stern began taking on water, was salvaged in mid-December and deemed repairable.

“We got the boat off the reef in better condition than we thought possible,” Nicholson said in the release. “There are large portions of the deck that can be reused and a lot of other components within the structure. We’ll rebuild our boat just as we rebuild our hopes and dreams.”

The boat has since been transported to Malaysia, waiting for the second half of its journey to Persico Marine in Italy, where it will undergo repairs.

The Volvo Ocean Race, which started in Alicante, Spain, on October 4, 2014, concludes on June 27, 2015, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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