Volvo Ocean Race : Dongfeng Race Team toujours à la lutte pour la victoire malgré la casse d’une cadène

Broken pad eye and other damages

November 2, 2014. Leg 1 onboard Dongfeng Race Team. Hard sailing conditions in the Southern Ocean with a broken pad eye and other damages onboard.Onboard Dongfeng just after 1800 UTC, part of the sheeting system (control lines) for the masthead gennaker (big sail at the front) broke and the high loads held in that line were released across the leeward deck causing significant damage. The damage to the boat includes the broken wheel (will be a handicap for Dongfeng when on the other gybe as they would use this broken wheel – difficult to use the other wheel as you can’t see the right part of the sails when you steer – a reason for there being two wheels one on each side), pushpit (the protective bars at back of the boat), aft stanchions (the posts on the side of the boat at the back) above the deck level so no damage to deck itself, and a satcom C antenna – the boat is loaded with communication kit so this one is manageable.

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