Det er ikke lenge siden Mapfre fikk båten de skal seile Volvo Ocean Race med og etter testing under 25 knops vind og 4 meter bølger gikk det galt i går ettermiddag.

Ca 7 nautiske mil utenfor den spanske veskysten mistet laget riggen, men ingen ble heldigvis skadet. Etter to timer fikk man berget seil og kappet riggen av båten.

MAPFRE’s boat dismasted today during offshore testing in Spain.

 

The incident happened at 17:15hrs local time on Thursday afternoon while the team was sailing about seven nautical miles SW of the island of Ons (Pontevedra) near their home base of Sanxenxo.

 

The conditions were around 25 knots of wind and four meter high waves. MAPFRE’s mast broke below the first spreader.

 

The crew have not suffered any injuries and after fully checking for any collateral damage to other parts of the boat it took around two hours of intense work to secure the boat and recover the broken parts of the mast and the sails.