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Volvo Ocean Race - Race to the start

While five Volvo Race boats are currently in the cradles in Itajaí, two, Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, are still making their way north to Brazil.

For these two there is a race against time to reach the sunny shores of South America, and for both, different reasons.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing are currently around 1000 nautical miles from Brazil and motoring under jury rig to Itajaí where they will receive their new mast and rig. Volvo Ocean Race veteran Damian Foxall is leading a delivery crew onboard.

The blue boat left the Falkland Islands on Saturday, 7 April, where the Vestas 11th Hour Racing crew had diverted after a 30 March dismasting – and is expected to arrive into Itajaí around the 16 or 17 April.

For Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, the South Atlantic archipelago is a landmark point in their delivery to Brazil – and at midday on Wednesday 11 April, they had just passed the Falkland islands themselves, leaving around 1500 nautical miles to go to Brazil.

The crew diverted to Puerto Montt on Leg 7, Chile following the tragic loss of crewmember John Fisher overboard – and a delivery crew is completing the rest of the journey to Itajaí via the Magellan Strait, where the Hong Kong team plans to rejoin the race in time for Leg 8 to Newport.

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