Renault Captur reroute to New Zealand for pitstop
News Flash: Renault Captur turn back to pitstop in New Zealand
Following damage to their starboard rudder which became obvious between Sunday 15th and Monday 16th February Jorg Riechers (GER) and Sébastien Audigane on Renault Captur have made the decision to reroute to New Zealand to undertake a technical pit stop to try and make a more effective repair.
The duo, racing in fourth place in the Barcelona World Race, were 585 miles SE of the southerly tip of South Island NZ at 0500hrs UTC.
They believe it will take them between two and three days, sailing in mainly favourable SW and S'ly breezes which look set to become lighter as they close to New Zealand, to reach a suitable landfall.
Riechers and Audigane have attempted two repairs to the rudder blade so far but the boat has proven uncontrollable at higher speeds.
Further information will be issued shortly.