Team Sanya suspends racing

Mike Sanderson's team attempting to get a repair plan in place

Tuesday December 20th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: Madagascar

Team Sanya officially suspended racing on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race today as they prepared to put a repair plan in place on the island of Madagascar.

A day ago the Chinese boat sustained damage to a vital piece of rigging while leading the fleet and were forced to nurse their boat to the Indian Ocean island to assess the damage and formulate a plan to rejoin the race as soon as possible.

Navigator Aksel Magdahl informed race control of the suspension at 0807 UTC on Tuesday before the boat docked.

Skipper Mike Sanderson has described their situation as “down but not out” and said the crew and shore team were now focused on finding the quickest way to return to racing.

“We have got to get ashore and get our plan firmly locked in," he said. "Our mast and rig supplier are moving heaven and earth to make sure we get back in the race as soon as possible. We have got a great shore crew and they are coming up with action plans.”

They have not retired from Leg 2 and can still score points for every stage even if they miss the ship that will transport the boats from a secret safe haven port through piracy affected waters to a point off the Sharjah coastline.

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