Late in the hours of Saturday, November 29, misfortune hit Team Vestas – or rather, they hit it. The 20m Volvo Ocean 65-class boat ran into an offshore reef known as the Cargados Carajos Shoals, technically part of the island nation of Mauritius. After a week of speculation from media and spectators, video from the incident has finally been released – see it above. (Warning: Not surprisingly, given the events, the video contains some strong language.)
The incident – which
While speculation has been rife as to how the crash
In following days, the team returned to the hull to assess damage and recoverability, and to remove equipment that had
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While the boat appears to be unsalvageable, Team Vestas have not officially announced their retirement from the multi-leg race. The six other teams continue towards the next stop in Abu Dhabi, where racing will break for the Christmas holidays and resume after the New Year, finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2015.
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