Let’s Watch The Dutch Shipwreck A $6 Million Yacht During Volvo Ocean Race
Rick Chandler 03:42 pm, December 18th, 2014
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of yachting's most prestigious events, and probably the most grueling. It spans nine months and 38,739 nautical miles, from Spain to Sweden, the long way -- basically the America's Cup on steroids. And it draws some of the sport's best and richest crews.
Teams spend as much as $21 million to participate, so imagine the distress of the Danish-backed Vestas Wind team, which ran its boat straight into a reef at the Cargados Carajos Shoals (St. Brandon, in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar) during the second leg recently.
Among the ideas being considered (above): drawing a smile on a volleyball and naming it Wilson.
Reporter Brian Carlin was onboard, standing in his underwear below deck at the time. "Within 10 seconds or so, there was all this crashing and grinding, and at that point I knew shit was really hitting the fan," he recalled.
Yikes. Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies, farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain ...