VESTAS 11TH HOUR RACING COLLIDES WITH FISHING VESSEL
Vestas 11th Hour Racing, a British Cayman registered vessel with a multinational team competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, collided with a fishing vessel near Hong Kong. The fishing vessel had ten crew members, one of whom was seriously injured in the collision and was subsequently airlifted by the Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC) to a Hong Kong hospital. HKMRCC has since confirmed the death of the crew member.
On behalf of Vestas 11th Hour Racing and the Volvo Ocean Race, we offer our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the deceased.
The incident occurred approximately 30 miles from the finish of Leg 4, outside of Hong Kong waters. Race Control at Volvo Ocean Race headquarters was informed of the collision by the team moments after it happened at approximately 17:23 UTC on Friday January 19, 2018 (01:23 local time on Saturday morning).
The Vestas 11th Hour Racing team issued a Mayday distress call on behalf of the other vessel, alerting HKMRCC and undertook a search and rescue mission. HKMRCC informed Race Control that a commercial vessel in the area was able to rescue nine of the crew and that a tenth crew member was taken by helicopter to hospital. None of the Vestas 11th Hour Racing crew were injured in the collision.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing and the Volvo Ocean Race are now focused on providing immediate support to those affected by this incident and are co-operating with the authorities in the ongoing investigation.
December 26, 2017
Podium Finish for Vestas 11th Hour Racing on Christmas Day
“The 5,800-mile Leg 3 to Melbourne, Australia from Cape Town, South Africa took 15 days through extreme conditions of the Southern Ocean. Close racing from beginning to end of Leg 3 challenged the crew of Vestas 11th Hour Racing since departing December 10th from Cape Town, South Africa and finishing on Christmas Day in Melbourne, Australia. The sailors clenched another podium finishing in third place at 8:52 Local Time or 21:52:11 UTC.
“This was a double points leg so Vestas 11th Hour Racing earns 10 points which now puts the team in third place overall just 7 points from the lead.” Read the whole story HERE
December 10, 2017
Follow Leg 3 to Melbourne.
November 24, 2017
Another Podium Finish for Vestas 11th Hour Racing
for Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race
After 7,000 miles of close ocean racing, it was a third place finish for Vestas 11th Hour Racing in Cape Town, South Africa.
October 28, 2017:
Fishers Island sends congratulations to Charlie Enright and the Vestas 11th Hour Racing on a fabulous 1st Leg win leading the race into Lisbon, Portugal!
October 22, 2017:
Charlie Enright with Vestas 11th Hour Racing started their “Trip around the Planet”. You can watch the start & follow them to Lisbon on the Volvo Ocean Race website!!!
Vestas and 11th Hour Racing joined forces to compete in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race with one simple mission: Achieve exemplary results in sport and be the most sustainable team in the race.
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