Back in the water: Team Sanya will finally line up for Leg 7 Photo: PAUL TODD
It will be relief all round for Team Sanya when they finally rejoin the race in Miami for Leg 7, which starts next Sunday.
The hapless Sanya were forced out of Leg 5 from New Zealand to Brazil with boat damage, leaving them with little choice but to ship their boat to America, missing the whole of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6.
"For sure it has been an immensely frustrating time for us all," skipper Mike Sanderson said.
"We cannot help but be glued to following the race action of the rest of the fleet and wondering how we would have fared and where we would be – but now is the time to get back into it and prove what a force we can still be on the water.
"There are four in-port races and three very exciting legs left in this race yet and plenty of opportunities for us to achieve our team objectives.
"We can’t wait to get back into racing mode."
Sanderson’s crew started the 400 mile trip from Savannah to Miami on Friday morning after completing repairs to their boat’s rudders as well as a 1.5-metre crack in the hull.
Their omission from Leg 5 left five boats in the race, but it hasn’t detracted from the excitement.
Puma’s consecutive wins means that only 17 points separate the first four boats.
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