Published: Friday, 19 December 2014

There will be an independent investigation into the grounding of Team Vestas Wind’s boat during Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. On November 29 the vessel ran aground on the Cargados Carajos shoals, an archipelago of outer islands belonging to Mauritius.

The crew were all rescued and suffered only minor injuries.

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Rear Admiral Chris Oxenbould will chair the panel, which will complete its report by Jan 15, 2015.

Rear Admiral Oxenbould is former deputy chief of the Australian Navy and an experienced ocean racer specialising in navigation. He is also Chairman of the Yachting Australia National Safety Committee.

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The panel will examine current emergency management procedures and their effectiveness as well as what actually happened and why Vestas Wind ran aground. The panel will also make recommendations for change to race rules, procedures, documentation, equipment or anything that may help prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.

Volvo Ocean Race will make the report publicly available so that it can benefit the global sailing community and not only the race. The report is scheduled to be made public by the Auckland stopover (Feb 27-Mar 15, 2015) at the latest.