• 13-NOV-2014

Repaired, prepared and back in the water

Six days. That's the time The Boatyard crew has had to check, clean and repair the seven Volvo Ocean 65 competing in the 2014-15 edition of the race.

That's not a lot of time compared to the sailing world's standards. But the impact of the new one-design is really strong. Apart from Dongfeng's boat, which suffered damages after the sheeting system broke a few days before arriving in Cape Town, only very few repairs were needed, despite the boats being pushed to their limits for 25 days at sea.

"The combined job list of the seven boats is the same as one boat's job list in the last race," explains Nick Bice, Head of The Boyatyard.

The 17 full-time technicians, engineers, sail makers and boatbuilders working under Nick Bice's supervision were ready, and prepared for more. In total, over 47 people are helping out during the maintenance period.

"Within the first 24 hours, all the boats had the equivalent of four or five men days worked on them,"explains Nick, who has sailed in this race twice - and done a couple on shore, too.

The fleet is now back in the water. Final touches, latest details are arranged by the shore crew. Racing resumes on Saturday, November 15.

Cape Town In-Port Race: November 15, 2014 at 1200 UTC
Streamed live on the Volvo Ocean Race home page from 1150 UTC

Leg 2 Start - Cape Town/Abu Dhabi: November 19, 2014 at 1600 UTC
Streamed live on the Volvo Ocean Race home page from 1550 UTC