CV24 (LMAX Exchange) has run aground 42nm from Rio de Janeiro. There are no injuries and the local coast guard has been informed.
UPDATE 2000 UTC/1700 local time
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is with our Race Office team on site with CV24 which ran aground on a sandy outcrop 42 miles southwest of Marina da Gloria. He reports that the only damage appears to be the starboard rudder, which can be repaired.
Sir Robin said: “The hull is intact and the boat is secured by its anchor. We will remain on site to await the arrival of heavier equipment to get her off.”
Sir Robin and our Race Office Team were transferred to the site of the incident by CV27, GREAT Britain, which is now returning to Marina da Gloria.
CV24 LMAX Exchange was transferring to another marina to be lifted for the application of new hull branding when the incident occurred around midnight local time last night. There were no injuries.
Sir Robin, members of the Race Office team and the LMAX Exchange skipper and three crew are remaining with CV24.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 0600 UTC / 0300 Local Time Wednesday 30 September 2015:
While transiting to another marina to be lifted for the application of new hull graphics, CV24 (LMAX Exchange) has run aground. There are no injuries and the local coast guard has been informed. Skipper Olivier Cardin and three crew aboard are assessing the situation and awaiting further instructions.
The incident occurred approximately 42 miles from Marina da Gloria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (where the Clipper Race fleet is berthed), at night in light winds and good visibility. The skipper informed the Clipper Race Office at 0012 hrs local time / 0312 UTC.
Race officials travelled to the site on board the GREAT Britain yacht and are currently working on a plan to refloat CV24.
More details will be issued as we have them.