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NICK MOLONEY AND SKANDIA ARRIVE SAFELY IN RIO DE JANEIRO

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Just as dark descended on a rainy Rio de Janeiro last night, Nick Moloney brought ‘Skandia’ in to dock at the Marina da Gloria. After casting off the tow lines from the Brazilian Navy vessel that had so professionally assisted Moloney in the final part of the operation, he made his own way under engine in to the marina. On entering the port he was met by a small organised team to assist him with the final operation – which included round the world sailor Guillermo Altadil, Mini-Transat sailor Yves Niort and Brazilian based Kiwi Don ‘Jawsie’ Wright. A welcome to Rio beer and steak brought Moloney’s feet back to earth!

This concluded, albeit prematurely, Moloney's first attempt at the Vendée Globe after 80 days of racing in what is surely the toughest and most unforgiving sailing event.  Moloney never questioned the boat's ability to make it round, he was only concerned that he could not make it round mentally, fighting the demons of isolation, exhaustion and fear.  The keel detached itself from Skandia on Tuesday morning and the shock that Moloney's race was over reverberated through the team, sponsors, family and friends.  But the priority was Moloney's safe return which was accomplished last night.  
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