Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam suffers broken mast
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam reported that she had suffered a broken mast and had suspended racing on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, which began today November 5th in Alicante.
Navigator Jules Salter told Volvo Ocean Race control that all the crew were unhurt and were attempting to recover what they could. "There is no panic on board and we're planning to motor back during the night before effecting repairs," he said.
The boat was 30 nautical miles south of Cartagena on the Spanish coast. The wind was blowing 30 knots and the waves were around 3.5 metres.
The Cartagena search and rescue organisation have been informed and are on standby to assist if necessary.
Volvo Ocean Race control is in constant contact with the team while establishing the full extent of the damage so that the crew are given full support to enable them to deal with the situation.
Azzam's shore team are working on a recovery plan to ensure the yacht can rejoin the Volvo Ocean Race as soon as practically possible.
Further information will be issued at www.volvooceanrace.com as it becomes available.
For more information, please contact:
Kevin Fylan - Editor in Charge (Spain)
Tel + 34 966 011 149 / Mob + 34 682 700 149