Conducting Emergency Carbon Fibre Hull Repairs in the Deep Southern Ocean

Skipper Ian Walker supervised an incredible five-hour job that saw 30 bolts screwed through the hull of Abu Dhabi’s boat Azzam (which means ‘determination’ in Arabic) to prevent further damage

The Azzam crew make a masterful “at-sea” repair that will hopefully keep them in the race. In order to carry out the repair the crew slowed the boat to a standstill before tilting it onto it’s side during heavy weather. Bowman Justin Slattery was then lowered overboard to tighten the bolts outside of the hull.

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