Emergency Repairs - Completed in Record Time at Norwalk CoveJuly 7, 2016
Suppose you are racing around the world in a fleet of custom 75 foot ocean racers in a year-long, 14 leg adventure and during the 11th leg, heading for NY, you hit something...hard.
A fiberglass laminating team from Cooley Marine was available after their shift at a nearby wind turbine blade project and worked from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night at Cove to create the foam core and fiberglass outer shell of the rudder and to re-create the missing bow section of "City of Seattle" to exactly match the original. Meanwhile the crew from "Seattle" was repairing and restocking the boat for the next leg.
By late Saturday night everything was completed. The "City of Seattle" launched early Sunday and with the rudder for "Qingdao" loaded on the deck. Upon arrival in Manhattan, the dive crew installed the new rudder on "Qingdao" and both boats were on the starting line Monday morning and leading the pack the first day out on the race's next leg to Ireland.
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