In less than 24 hours after the start of leg 5 of the VOR, overall race leader, illbruck has been damaged and News Corp has risen from last to first
The skippers of SEB, Gurra Krantz and illbruck, John Kostecki have revealed details about the collision that happened yesterday Afternoon shortly after the start of the fifth leg of the VOR.
While they were short tacking along the coast of SEB tried to tuck behind illbruck but misjudged the distance and speed and ended up with the bow in illbruck’s portside, ripping off a stanchion and breaking a hole of the size of a fist in the hull.
Team SEB exonerated themselves by doing a 720 degree turn and continued racing. Illbruck effected immediate repairs and continued as well. Some more repair work has to be done to the hole in the hull.
Shortly later illbruck was stricken by bad luck when a strop, holding the big Code 0 sail broke and the sail was dropped into the water. To resolve the situation, illbruck had to bear away and ended up in the southernmost position of the fleet.
News Corp is earning the dividends of their early tack to the north and moved over the last six hour period from last position to first. SEB’s skipper Gurra Krantz believes that the whole fleet is heading east to get into another wind shift first and regain more than what was lost to News Corp.
Position Report, Day 2, 0946 GMT