The »Malizia – Seaexplorer« is currently giving her crew a lot of trouble
Alberto Saiz / dpa
Boris Herrmann's team Malizia has no luck with its "wings": The replacement foils that had replaced the defective original wings before the start of the Ocean Race are now showing signs of damage.
Herrmann's replacement skipper, Will Harris, discovered a tear in the starboard foil and other small problem areas on Wednesday.
The crew can continue sailing, but they have to keep the foils unencumbered and can no longer adjust them as desired.
"But the damage hasn't increased since it was discovered," Harris told the German Press Agency.
He further explained: “It doesn't slow us down too much.
We can still sail the boat fast.” In the event that the damage escalates, Harris announced a retraction of the foil, which “would make our race very difficult.”
The team is a long way behind the lead
In the event of a total loss, according to Harris, there would be no other pair of replacement foils: »There is no alternative.
But at the moment the damage to the foil does not pose a risk to the overall structure.
Even if the problem got worse, we could fix it in Cape Town.”
Despite being 170 nautical miles behind the leaders of the German-French team Guyot with the Berliners Robert Stanjek and Phillip Kasüske, Harris still saw chances for a comeback for Team Malizia.
'In two days we shall have stronger winds.
In the conditions, we showed on stage one that we can be very fast.«
Because the second leg from Cape Verde to Cape Town is taking longer than planned, Team Malizia has started rationing the provisions.
Boris Herrmann is currently not on board.
Shortly before the end of the first section, the 41-year-old suffered a severe burn on his foot from boiling water.
He is recovering from this injury in Cape Town.
"I'm very sad that I can't sail this stage with my team, especially after the success of stage one," said Herrmann.