Feeling Blue


Telefonica Blue officially suspended racing having reached landfall near
Gibraltar last night to undertake repairs to the steering gear they damaged
soon after the race start in Alicante. Bouwe Bekking and his crew notified
race HQ at 18:53:26 GMT that they had stopped at the port of Algeciras
in Gibraltar Bay. They now have to serve a 12-hour penalty under the pit
stop rule before re-starting.

The Port of Algeciras was the destination chosen by the Telefónica
Blue crew to carry out checks on the steering system aboard the Spanish
entry led by Bouwe Bekking and Iker Martínez, which suffered damage
last night. The boat continued to sail whilst the problem was identified
and repairs were carried out, but with the breeze dropping as the fleet
headed towards the Strait of Gibraltar the crew took the decision to make
a stop and perform a thorough check of the boat before entering the Atlantic.
This way they can be sure everything is in full working order without
dropping too many miles on the rest of the fleet.

If all goes to plan, Telefónica Blue should be back in the race
early tomorrow morning having completed the penalty period imposed for
making a stop-off. Thanks to Dave Kneale/Volvo
Ocean Race
for the photo.