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Fleet Battered By Elements in Dramatic First 24 Hours of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
wo of the six boats in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 were forced to suspend racing inside the first 24 hours offshore as the teams were beset by brutal sea conditions even before they had left the Mediterranean.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing motored back into Alicante on Sunday morning after the mast on the team's racing yacht Azzam broke in rough weather the previous night, just six hours and 85 nautical miles into Leg 1, a 6,500-nautical mile haul to Cape Town, South Africa.
While Ian Walker's team were on their way back to the start port, rivals Team Sanya were reporting damage to their hull. The boat was approximately 30 nautical miles south east of Motril, on the coast of Spain.
The wind was blowing 43 plus knots and the waves were around 10.5 metres, the team reported. They suspended racing and made their way to the port of Motril to assess the damage
Credit : Volvo Ocean Race
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