The Vestas Wind team, which we were allowed to accompany with our ZENDOME.300M on the nine-month Volvo Ocean Race around the world, successfully completed the last stretch after spectacularly running aground in November 2014. The resumption of the extremely demanding regatta testifies to a culture of no mistakes, special motivation from everyone involved and great sportsmanship. After the team had to deal with a serious individual mistake that almost cost the boat, in contrast, the following weeks exhibited perfect teamwork.
The racing yacht was caught by a reef and badly damaged in one of the most remote areas of the world due to a navigational error. It bordered on a miracle that, from the nine-member crew, no one was injured in the accident, but above all, that the badly damaged boat ever again found its way back into the race again. The aim of the extensive maritime salvage was to keep the deck of the yacht as intact as possible, since it was the part of the ship that was impossible to replace before the end of the race. Thanks to Maersk, one of the main sponsors, a container ship was even especially redirected so that the remains of the racing yacht could be picked up in a very narrow time frame and transported further. After a short amount of time, the badly damaged boat then arrived at the shipyard in Persico, Italy, where they took up the challenge to speedily reconstruct the ship with great sportsmanship.
In the end, the team finally succeeded in resuming the race in Portugal. Their re-entry was not only very important for the athletes themselves, but also for the various sponsors. We were also pleased that they took our ZENDOME.300M, with a membrane that was strikingly printed in the team colors, as they made a spectacular finish in Gothenburg. In the end, it shows: Mistakes can be corrected, no matter how difficult they are. You just have to make the right assessments and work consequentially.