Read, crew await high-seas help after mast breaks
American skipper Ken Read says he and his Puma Ocean Racing crew are going through widely ranging emotions as they await assistance in the southern Atlantic Ocean after the mast on their 70-foot sloop broke, knocking them out of the opening leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Read of Newport, R.I., said during a phone interview from the boat Wednesday that Mar Mostro is slowly making its way to the remote volcanic island Tristan da Cunha, where the plan is to load it onto a container ship and transport it to Cape Town. However, Read had just found out that the company hired to do the job backed out, leaving the shore crew scrambling to hire another ship.
Read says the breakdown couldn't have happened in a worse spot.