A YACHT skippered by a Gosport sailor racing in the Clipper Round the World Race had to make a massive detour yesterday.
The Mission Performance team had to alter its route in order to collect a replacement pump for a watermaker which was not fully functioning.
They had to meet with fellow race yacht ClipperTelemed+ as spare components are dispersed around the fleet.
Skippered by Greg Miller, the team is on Day 11 of the race and are off the shore of Western Sahara, Africa.
The race is being led by LMAX Exchange and, after their mechanical problems, Mission Performance have now fallen to 11th in the overall standings.
Fellow Gosport skipper Jim Prenderghast, leading charity boat Unicef, sits in eighth position closely behind PSP Logisitics – skippered by Portsmouth’s Max Stunell.
On Thursday Unicef, the first yacht sponsored by a charity in the round-the-world race, were in 11th, but with a new plan of attack the team moved up the leaderboard.
Skipper Jim said: ‘We went east of the Canary Islands looking for stronger winds.
‘The additional boat speed allowed us to win back some miles.
‘It was a strategy with some risks, but the guys seem to like going fast so we were in.’
The race is expected to conclude in Rio at the end of this month.