New video of Team Vestas Wind’s grounding and recovery

A look at the dramatic footage of Team Vestas Wind's grounding

All nine crewmembers from Team Vestas Wind are safe after a harrowing ordeal that began when their boat was grounded on a remote archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon at 1510 UTC while the boat was traveling 19 knots. The crew remained aboard until the early hours of the following morning before abandoning the boat and wading in knee-deep water to a dry portion of the reef.

Competitors Team Alvimedica remained on standby through the night until a coast guard RIB from the remote islet of Ile Du Sud could reach Team Vestas.

The crew then remained on Ile Du Sud for nearly two days, save for returning to the boat to retrieve lines, fluids, electronics and hardware. “The bad things had to come off,” said skipper Chris Nicholson.“We had a clear list of removing that equipment, and once we had all those off the boat it came down to removing things that were expensive.”


Finally, the crew boarded the local fishing vessel Eliza, and returned to Mauritus.

“I’m really disappointed of course,” said Nicholson, shortly after arriving at dockside in Mauritius. “On the other hand, we have to realize how fortunate we are for everyone to be here in one piece, and to be healthy. It’s pretty amazing, so there’s a lot of emotions at the moment.”

Now that they’re safely to Mauritius, they’re releasing more information surrounding the crash. Footage, courtesy of the Volvo Ocean Race and Team Vestas Wind’s onboard reporter Brian Carlin.

The crew headed back to the boat to retrieve everything they could; including ropes, diesel, Inmarsat dome and sails. Brian Carlin/Volvo Ocean Race
The crew lay the items they’ve retrieved from the boat, on the beach of Ile du Sud, ready to take to Mauritius. Brian Carlin/Volvo Ocean Race
Team Vestas Wind’s boat grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, no one was injured. The crew headed back to the boat to retrieve everything they could; including ropes, diesel, Inmarsat dome and sails. Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind
Team Vestas Wind crew arrives to Mauritius with all the equipment they rescued from the boat after grounding on the Cargados Carajos Shoals on the 29th November; The crew are safe and uninjured but had to abandon the ship after it sustained damage to the stern. The crew says goodbye to the crew who brought them safe to land from Ille du Sud. Mark Bow/Volvo Ocean Race