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Kosatka,
Team Russia’s challenger for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, has left storm
bound Portland, UK, for the start port of Alicante. Skipper Andreas Hanakamp
and his crew have been preparing Kosatka for this moment, fighting the
terrible weather in the UK over the last week.

A series of low-pressure systems brought torrential floods and gale force
winds preventing the shore team from reattaching the keel and stepping
its new mast. With a break in the weather on Monday, it was all hands
on deck to reassemble the boat after a major refit, upgrades and refinements.
Kosatka is expected to arrive in Spain by the weekend.

Ukrainian helmsman Rodion Luka, who has just returned from the Olympics
in Qingdao, joins the team for the delivery.This pic Gary Blake; more
Team Russia pix here.
Full story here.
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