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4 January 2002, 03:26 pm
Disappointed SEB Crew Arrives In Auckland
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SEB Arrives In Auckland

SEB arrives after rudder damages forced them to retire from Leg 3.
On Friday the rudder damaged Volvo Ocean Race yacht SEB arrived to the Auckland harbour, after having retired from leg 3 of the round-the-globe race. It was a disappointed but safe and sound crew that arrived in the City of Sails, although the six onboard New Zealanders had been pleased to be first in port in their own city. SEB now moves down two positions in the total standings.

`It is always disappointing having to retire from a race, especially due to circumstances we cannot affect ourselves, such as equipment damages'. skipper Gurra Krantz said on the docks.

SEB suffered severe rudder damages in the heavy winds of the second day of leg 3, on route for the Hobart pit-stop on the Sydney-Auckland leg. The lower of the two rudder bearings fitting the rudder to the hull broke lose from the hull and made the rudder vibrate and shake violently. The crew had to unfasten the rudder to avoid further damages to the hull, and had to assemble the emergency rudder to be able to sail.

`We looked at the different options available and decided to retire from this leg of safety reasons" Swedish Magnus Woxén reported. We did not want to risk it and carry on racing with emergency rudder in those Bass Strait weather conditions we had at the time.'

The crew decided to sail the boat back up to Eden, on the southeast coast of mainland Australia, for necessary repairs. After 24 hours of work, the boat was back in the water again and delivery sailed to New Zealand. Having arrived, the boat will immediately be lifted out of the water to be thoroughly gone-through as preparation for leg 4, starting January 27th.

`We will now be analysing why these damages have occurred and we will focus on preparing ourselves optimality for the next leg. We have everything to win and we will do our utmost to take part in the battle for the top positions in the next leg and overall in the Volvo Ocean Race.' Gurra Krantz said.

After the first three out of nine legs, SEB is 6th in the total standings of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Anette Bargel/ISAF Secretariat
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