Vestas 11th Hour Racing has informed Volvo Ocean Race that the team will not be participating in inshore racing in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, as well as Leg 5 from Hong Kong to Guangzhou.
The team is currently coordinating necessary repairs to the boat caused by the collision with a non-racing vessel on Saturday 20 January.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and condolences are with the families affected by this tragic incident,” said Mark Towill from Hong Kong.
“At this time, we are still assessing all of our options to return to the race,” said Charlie Enright. “We once again thank everyone for their continued support.”
Practice racing on Thursday, followed by the In-Port Race and Around Hong Kong Race this weekend as well as Pro-Am Racing at the start of next week, are all programmed to take place in Hong Kong.
The fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s will then depart in Leg 5 for Guangzhou on Wednesday 31 January for the next stopover in mainland China.
Photo credit: Ainhoa Sanches/Volvo Ocean Race