Whale halts Wanaka sailor’s race

Pictured: The team’s boat as it arrived into Punta del Este in second place last month.

Wanaka sailor Ben Acland has resumed the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race with team PSP Logistics after a collision with a whale sparked an emergency pit-stop in Uruguay.

The team’s yacht underwent five days of repair in Piriapolis for rudder damage sustained in the incident during Leg Two of the race from Punta del Este to Cape Town.

The whale, which collided with the boat on Thursday October 5, suffered no apparent injury and all crew were left unscathed.

While the incident makes the team unlikely to come anything but 12th out of 12 in the second leg, Skipper Roy Taylor said they would race on, determined to maintain their competitive edge which saw them cross the finish of Leg One in second place.

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PSP Logistics founder and managing director Frank Dixie praised the crew, saying, “We are very proud of Roy and the crew of PSP Logistics and the way they have dealt with this testing situation. We wish them fair winds and safe passage to Cape Town, and strongly advise against having such a whale of a time.”

Pictured: The team’s boat as it arrived into Punta del Este in second place last month.

Related: Wanaka sailor in world yacht race  Posted: 17 Sept 2017


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