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Published: Wednesday, 22 April 2015

After only 24 hours into Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race Dongfeng Race Team suffered another set back. This one is not as immediately devastating as breaking the mast, but it has potential serious consequences.

Dongfeng Race Teams Water Maker Quits On Day 2 Volvo Ocean Race

The VO65 is fitted with an electric water maker turning the salt water it is sailing through into drinkable water, as a back-up there is a manual one but the effort required to produce adequate supplies to not only to rehydrate but to prep the freeze-dried food, is mind-boggling, a needless distraction from racing, but essential. The crew need to pump about 8-9 hours a day to make enough water. 

Dongfeng Race Teams Water Maker Quits On Day 2 Volvo Ocean Race 1

“The velocity of water spurting from the seal was a stern enough indicator to break out the emergency hand pump," says Sam Greenfield, Dongfeng's Onboard Reporter.  "Black, Eric, Thomas and I took about an hour and a half yesterday to hand-pump everyone’s water bottle and enough for dinner. The hand pump claims to be capable of 4.5 litres per hour but that is hardly the case.

Dongfeng Race Teams Water Maker Quits On Day 2 Volvo Ocean Race 2

“The hand-powered Katadyn Survivor fresh water pump claims to have a fresh water-producing capacity of 4.5 litres per hour. More accurately, the Katadyn Survivor requires requires some odd 35 litres of water and 15 minutes time to produce a single litre of drinkable water, plus a small piece of your soul. By the time I cap a bottle my arms are burning and my mouth is dry and as I write this, having just pumped three 1.5 litre bottles alongside Horace, I’m experiencing both sensations. Until Kevin and Charles perform a miracle on our primary water maker, the Katadyn Survivor is our lifeline.”

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