Together with colleagues from Volvo Ocean Race, Vestas is currently evaluating if the Team Vestas Wind boat can be repaired. Based on currently available information from the crew on Íle du Sud and the aerial photograph from the Mauritius Coast Guard, it may not be possible to do so. If the conclusion is that the boat cannot be repaired, Vestas will together with Volvo Ocean Race consider all available options for Vestas to remain in the race.
We will provide more information on the crew’s status and that of the boat when it becomes available. What we can say now, though, is that human error is at the root of the accident. We’ll learn more about the details of exactly what happened when we have a chance to properly de-brief with the crew, which we expect will happen in Abu Dhabi over the weekend.
The crew is currently en route to Mauritius and will meet there with a representative from Vestas Headquarters who is also en route to Mauritius.
Morten Albæk, Vestas Chief Marketing Officer comments, “Though we will not be able to compete in next leg of the Race from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China, we are considering all available options for re-joining the ocean race at a later stage. Vestas is a company that has overcome great challenges in its 35 years of existence and we aim to do so again.”
One thing is clear, though: Vestas entered the Volvo Ocean Race with the ambition to promote even bigger and more important races – the race against climate change, against energy poverty, and against water scarcity. These are all races we still must win. Regardless of an eventual decision on Vestas’ future participation in the Volvo Ocean Race, we will continue working hard to promote global action to win these global races against climate change, energy poverty, and water scarcity.
Learn more about A Race we must win here: aracewemustwin.com
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