Podium finish for Team AkzoNobel marred by tragedy

Make text smaller Make text larger

  • Bermuda sailor Emily Nagel

    Bermuda sailor Emily Nagel


Team AkzoNobel, whose crew includes Bermuda sailor Emily Nagel, have achieved their first podium display in the Volvo Ocean Race.

However, the Dutch entry’s third-place finish on leg four of the race from Melbourne to Hong Kong was marred by a collision involving race rival Vestas 11th Hour Racing. The incident occurred about 30 miles from the finish line when Vestas 11th Hour Racing collided with a Chinese fishing boat.

One of the fishermen on board was thrown into the water, prompting a frantic search and rescue effort involving Team AkzoNobel. The casualty was recovered by the crew of Vestas 11th Hour Racing and airlifted to hospital but died hours later. The crew of Vestas 11th Hour Racing escaped injury.

“On behalf of the Volvo Ocean Race and Vestas 11th Hour Racing, we offer our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the deceased,” race organisers said in a statement.

Nagel, who is a sail trimmer with Team AkzoNobel, was ruled out of leg four after suffering a damaged nerve and bruising to her back during a mishap in heavy seas on the previous leg of the race from Cape Town, South Africa, to Melbourne.

“The racing at times can be truly terrifying, going at 30 knots of boat speed at times in big sea states, not being clipped on is not an option,” Nagel told The Royal Gazette in a recent interview.

“When grinding, if hit by a wave you can be sent flying; the lucky ones get thrown into the pedestal. If unlucky you get washed to the end of your tether. It just becomes a part of life though and you keep pushing until the end.”

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Jan 25, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 24, 2018 at 7:48 pm)

Podium finish for Team AkzoNobel marred by tragedy

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts