Team AkzoNobel has been awarded a time credit equivalent to the period the team spent standing by Vestas 11th Hour Racing after the Danish American boat was in a collision with a non-racing vessel at the end of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race.
In a redress hearing in Auckland on Monday March 12 a World Sailing international jury ruled that the team be credited one hour and 20 minutes from its elapsed racing time for the leg from Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong, China.
The ruling does not affect team AkzoNobel's third place finish in the leg.
Team AkzoNobel was in fourth place on the final night of Leg 4 behind Sun Hun Kai Scallywag (HKG), Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA) and Dongfeng Race Team (CHN) when the crew was contacted by race control at Volvo Ocean Race and asked to divert course to the scene of the incident.
Team AkzoNobel navigator Jules Salter (GBR) said the crew had responded without hesitation when the request came through from race control.
"It's a given that any team asked to assist would do the same," Salter said. "In ocean racing safety is paramount and the redress process is there to ensure that anyone rendering assistance is not penalised for doing so."
The Volvo Ocean Race standings are calculated on a points system based on the finishing positons of the 11 legs of the race: seven points for a win, plus a win bonus point, six points for second, etc.
Double points are awarded for the third, seventh and ninth legs (excluding the win bonus point) and the team with the shortest elapsed time over the entire race will be awarded one additional point.