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Volvo Race - Turn the Tide slowed by mast problem

Turn the Tide on Plastic slowed down on Friday at approximately 18:00 UTC following concerns around the integrity of the rig.

At the 07:00 UTC position check Sunday, Team Brunel regain the lead from Dongfeng Race Team.

While TTTP have lost over 70 nm on the Leg 7 to new leader, but MAPFRE is now 100 nm behind them.

They have identified the starboard side second spreader root has moved causing the spreader to now be raked further aft on that spreader only, therefore resulting in some rig control and alignment issues.

The team have discussed the situation and impact with Southern Spars (VO65 Mast supplier) representatives, rig specialists from the Boatyard and the team's Technical Shore Manager.

Southern Spars have also carried out some modelling of this scenario in their test centre and provided a number of suggestions to the boat to try to re-instate the correct spreader positioning.

When conditions are appropriate they will look at the possibility to adjust the spreader back to its correct position or make other rig adjustments to improve the rig stability.

Vestas 11th Hour Racingt has arrived safely in the Falkland Islands.

They will now rest, regroup, and make a plan to rejoin the race as soon as possible.

Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 7 - SUnday 1 April @ 07:00 UTC

1. Team Brunel -- distance to finish -- 950 nautical miles
2. Dongfeng Race Team + 4.4 nm
3. team AkzoNobel + 50 nm
4. Turn the Tide on Plastic + 182 nm
5. MAPFRE + 286 nm resumed racing

6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing - Dismasted 30 Mar
7. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (retired)

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