2018-04-12 / Around Town

Scallywag Crew Member Dies During Leg 7 of VOR


MAPFRE repairs mast track damage on leg 7. 
(Photo credit Ugo Fonolla-Volvo Ocean Race) MAPFRE repairs mast track damage on leg 7. (Photo credit Ugo Fonolla-Volvo Ocean Race) Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race will be remembered for the tragic loss of John Fisher, a crew member on Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. The heartbreaking accident reminded every sailor on the six other teams of the high risks they take competing in one of the world’s most challenging sailing races. Fisher was washed overboard and lost at sea when the boat was hit by a surprise gybe in the treacherous Southern Ocean.

Damage to equipment occurred on a number of other boats during this leg. Team Brunel sustaining rudder damage, MAPFRE suffered damage to the mast track and mainsail, which required it to suspend racing, and Vestas 11th Hour Racing had the mast on its boat break, requiring the crew to cut it away and make landfall in the Falkland Islands.

Leg 8, which brings the boats from ItajaĆ­, Brazil to Newport, will begin on April 22. The seven-boat fleet is expected to arrive in Newport around May 10 for the only North American VOR stopover.

To follow the race, visit volvooceanrace.com. For information about the Newport stopover, go to volvooceanracenewport.com.

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