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Old 03-27-2012
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Re: Interesting Sailboats

Telefonica is out of the race too. It has to do a pit stop in Ushuaia to repair bow damage:

Telefónica announced several days ago that they were slowing down to prevent further damage and skipper Iker Martínez confirmed on Tuesday that delamination to the bow, sustained when a huge wave crashed down on them last week, would make a stop necessary before the finish line in Itajaí in Brazil.

“As you can see, we've got no problems in terms of continuing to sail, but if we continue to violently crash against the waves like this the damage could worsen and we want to rule out the possibility of that happening," said Martínez, who is determined to go on and complete the leg.

“What we've done so far is to fix some battens to the deck at the bow to reinforce the section where the delamination has occurred, which is therefore weaker. The issue we've got is that nothing dries and so we've had to repeat the exercise a few times.

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Telefónica to make pit stop in Ushuaia

Groupama and Puma, the only survivors, are still going South, flat out in a mad race against each other. Will their boats hold out?

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 | Race Data Center
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