Amer Too is forced to abandon Volvo leg

7th stage over for crew a day after dismasting



Amer Sports Too retired from Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race yesterday after it was dismasted Wednesday en route to LaRochelle, France.

The all-woman crew aboard the second entry of Nautor Sports decided to motor to Halifax, Nova Scotia, rather than try to sail the remaining 2,500 nautical miles to France by jury-rigging what remains of the mast.

Amer Sports Too left Annapolis on Sunday on the 3,400-mile leg with seven other Volvo boats.

Skipper Lisa McDonald told Volvo headquarters yesterday that she and her crew were 250 miles southeast of Halifax and that they expect to arrive there sometime tonight or tomorrow. The shore crew will try to arrange to have a cargo ship transport the boat to LaRochelle in time for the May 25 start of Leg 8 to Goteborg, Sweden.

McDonald would not speculate on the cause of the dismasting. "It would be unfair to say," she said, "but I believe it to be a technical failure."

The racing fleet is expected to arrive in France on May 10.

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