Volvo Ocean Race: The blame game:
For the first time in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, a leg would take the fleet to Hong Kong, the former British colony in southeastern China. A 5,600 nautical mile course, beginning January 2, directed the seven teams up the east coast of Australia from Melbourne, into the Coral Sea and up north to the finish.
The course was fraught with obstacles. Many reefs and atolls, some not well mapped, kept navigators busy, but it was the final approach that would lead to disaster. As one of the world’s busiest port cities, the waters also serve a massive fishing community.
The Volvo Ocean Race began having stops with the 2008-9 contest, with sailors finding poorly lit fishing fl…
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