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And the Award Goes to.... Team Sanya!

After a serious of rough legs in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 forced Team Sanya out of the water for nearly two months, the team could've given up hope. But in Leg 8 they really pulled together and received the DHL Shore Crew Award for all their efforts.

(Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)

Despite lagging in points just one week ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race's anticipated conclusion in Galway, Ireland, Team Sanya energies remain high and the shore crew has been putting in extra effort to ensure the team can finish the race in good condition.

After the yacht broke apart in the Southern Ocean shortly after leaving port in New Zealand, DHL, the Official Logistics Partner of the race, rushed to the rescue. Coordinating with team members and race officials, DHL shipped the boat via freighter ahead to the North American Atlantic coast, where the sailors and shore crew docked the boat for repairs.

Though Team Sanya stayed out of the water for two legs and lost their chance at finishing first, the team has given their all since returning to the ocean, and that was most apparent in Lorient, France. Faced with the dilemma of whether to haul out their boat for important repairs in Lorient, and losing points for doing so, the small yet highly efficient shore crew did not hesitate and within hours had set to work on fixing their problem.

(Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

For that, the team received the DHL Shore Crew award for Leg 8, presented above by Jean-Claude Delen, CEO Benelux & France, DHL Global Forwarding.

“DHL is proud to honor Team Sanya for its hard work, tenacity and expertise shown when faced with adversity. Team Sanya came together and worked around the clock to ensure the boat was ready for the next phase of this grueling round-the-world race. Just as DHL is forced to deliver in high-pressure situations, Team Sanya also rose to the challenge,” said Delen.

The repairs seemed to have paid off, as Team Sanya remained within spitting distance of an in-port race win in Lorient before team Groupama pulled ahead and secured first place.

While Team Sanya remains well behind on the leaderboard, their fighting spirit has been an inspiration to all watching the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. Keep up the good work, mates!

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