The all girls crew VOR boat, Amer Sports Too, which lost her mast during Leg 7 of the race, is being prepared for the next leg

Amer Sports Too, Lisa McDonald’s yacht which lost her mast during Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race last month, will be on the start line for Leg 8 at La Rochelle on May 25.

The yacht will be unloaded from the ship at Liverpool on 14 May – the day the ship arrives from Halifax, Canada – before being trans-shipped to Southampton in south England then motored to the Camper and Nicholson boatyard at Gosport.

By this time the new mast, which has been in storage at the Camper and Nicholson’s yard, will have been prepared for stepping on 17 May.

Skipper Lisa McDonald says she’s confident the work can be done in time and the yacht prepared for the delivery voyage. “The crew is on fire – absolutely determined to get to the start in excellent shape. We expect it will take four days to sail to La Rochelle, giving us an estimated time of arrival of 22 May. The full race crew will be on board for the delivery.”