CAPE TOWN, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Brasil 1 rejoined the Volvo Ocean Race on Tuesday after undergoing repairs in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth.
The boat was forced back to shore just 24 hours into the 6100 nautical mile second leg between Cape Town and Melbourne because of structural damage.
“The team is in very good spirits now and getting back into racing mode,” skipper Torben Grael said.
“It feels very good to be back sailing and the boat is behaving very well with the repair. The reinforcement that has been done should stop it happening again and we expect to be in Melbourne before the end of the month.”
Ericsson Racing were also forced to turn around on the first day of the leg after sustaining keel damage and have decided to ship the boat to Melbourne ready for the third leg.
Mike Sanderson’s ABN AMRO ONE continue to lead the fleet, despite conceding ground after plunging south in an effort to find more wind.
They hold a 288-mile lead over ABN AMRO TWO with Paul Cayard’s Pirates of the Caribbean third.