Alicante, Spain (April 1, 2015) – Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad announced changes to the safety rules after reviewing the accident report generated from the grounding of Team Vestas Wind during Leg 2 in the Indian Ocean.
The report focused on the strain of the crew, which is limited to eight people, and how sleep deprivation is greater in the 2014-15 race than in previous editions. As the grounding was due to human error, with the weariness of the crew unable to identify the shoal, the new rules will now institute mandatory sleep periods during the race.
“Each team has its own rotation system but the offwatch crew are frequently awoken to help ondeck,” …
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