Hang on, that ain’t right!

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Image: Volvo Ocean Race

The image above, lifted from Saturdays Volvo Ocean Race update caught our attention. It was reported that Telefonica had some sort of bowsprit/bobstay/Furling gear failure on the previous leg from Abu Dhabi to
Sanya but the actual issue was never quite clear. What this image seems to suggest is, that either they had repeat problems or
they didn’t get a replacement bobstay  in time in Sanya (if that was indeed the original failure). One thing’s for sure –
this bobbin and lashing is not the originally designed solution for keeping their bowsprit where it belongs!

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