Volvo Ocean race: Puma sets more sail as rescue plans announced

The crew of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg contemplate their next move after their yacht was dismasted, during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12,

The dismasted Volvo 70, Puma Racing has increased her sail area and is making a good effort to get to Tristan da Cunha and Cape Town as soon as possible, ahead of the the race restart on 11 December.

The jury rig carries two sails after PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG was dismasted during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)
In these latest images from onboard a second jib has been set.

Kenny Read/skipper of Puma's Mar Mostro updates on the current plans to extract Puma from the South Atlantic:

'At approximately 18:00 GMT this evening, the ship Zim Monaco should arrive to our position to deliver 450 litres of diesel fuel. At the end of the day, we determined diesel is our lifeblood out here. With it, we can make water and make ground towards a given destination with our 15-foot stump. And that destination is…drum roll…the beautiful island of Tristan da Cunha!

'That’s right, Tristan Island. My daughter, Tory, sent me a fantastic email telling me that Tristan has a population of 275 people and is literally a volcano sticking out of the middle of the Atlantic Ocean 6.5 miles wide. It is the closest point of land, which we can re-supply and rally around the next part of our plan. No airport and no other way to get to the Island except by boat.

'From Tristan, we plan to have a ship meet us coming from Cape Town with its own crane that can centre-pick the boat up and place it on the ship on our cradle that our shore crew will have in place upon arrival.

'Oh, and the harbour is too shallow to get into in Tristan. We will have to do this in the ocean.

'On the ship will be our shore team with a 20-foot container full of tools and equipment and all of us, and we will spend the next four-plus days of transport to Cape Town putting the pieces of Humpty Dumpty back together again.

'The spare mast is being flown in from the U.S. as we speak and will meet us in Cape Town. We will need to get the boat in the water as soon as we get to Cape Town to tune the rig properly in time to do the In-Port race and next leg to Abu Dhabi.'

Rome Kirby driving with the jury rig after PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG was dismasted during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)