Cascais, Portugal. June 6, 2021 at 5:24 PM (local) / 6:24 PM CEST.
11th Hour Racing Team returned to the dock in Cascais, Portugal, soon after the start of Leg 2 of The Ocean Race Europe, following an incident on the water with a motorboat.
Approximately two miles from the start, as the Team headed to the first mark in 12-15 knots of wind, they caught the anchorline of a small motorboat with their port foil. Race Management confirmed no one was injured on the motorboat and the team immediately sent a RIB alongside to ensure its safe return back to port, which it did unassisted.
There were also no injuries onboard the 11th Hour Racing Team IMOCA 60. There is damage to the port foil and the shore crew are currently assessing the extent of the impact. Racing in The Ocean Race Europe is currently suspended for the Team while it liaises with its designers and boat builders.
“We take full responsibility for what happened today on the water,” commented skipper Charlie Enright. “I’m extremely relieved there were no injuries on either boat. The shore crew are currently reviewing the damage to the foil and we are in touch with our designers and boat builders. We’ll make a decision on whether we can get back in The Ocean Race Europe in due course.”