Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18: Dramatic footage of team AkzoNobel breakage in Southern Ocean





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Published on Dec 14, 2017

00:00 - Stern camera angle, team AkzoNobel knocked over after gybe
00:28 - On-deck camera angle, team lugging retrieved sails across boat
00:33 - Bowman, Brad Farrand being hauled up mast to inspect damage to mast-track
00:44 - Chris Nicholson, helming against massive storm cell in sky, then surfing down big, Southern Ocean wave
01:03 - Stern camera angle, mainsail now down, team inspecting for damage
01:09 - Chris Nicholson (AUS), team AkzoNobel, Watch Captain.

“We had a gybe on in some pretty hard conditions, 35 knots to 40 and had a bad one. I thought we had a good wave to go down and as we were going down and sent the keel through, basically the boat slowed up, stopped, and I should have pulled out of doing it, and we probably would have broached but it wouldn’t have been the outcome that we had which was the main slamming over on the runners, breaking the battens, which was bad.
The worst part is we’ve pulled the track off the back of the mast. The guys did an awesome job to get the main down, we were scratching our heads for a little while trying to work out how to get the main down. The squalls were to 50 knots while we were doing it. Fifty knots is a hard ask in the best of times with the boat in perfect condition, and we were far from it, so we did an awesome job everyone, to do that. So now we’ve got it down and we’re discussing how and when we can fix it, trying to keep the boat moving as fast as possible now, we’ve just got a jib up, still probably doing 16 knots in 45 knots of wind. So the plan is hopefully to get the track glued back on, or screwed back on, then we’ve got to repair some battens, [and] the mainsail, over the next day or two and if that all goes to plan we could be up sailing again at a 100%, but it’s going to take time, and we’ve got to be careful.”

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