Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Sanya have set themselves seven-day deadlines to get their boats ready to sail again once they arrive in Cape Town.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is lifted onto a container ship bound for Cape Town, after retiring from leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. Nick Dana/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
Both teams, forced to retire from Leg 1 after suffering damage inside a brutal first 24 hours, expect the ships containing their prized Volvo Open 70s to arrive in Cape Town on Wednesday.
For each of them, the target to get back sailing is just one week later, December 7.
Ian Walker, skipper of Abu Dhabi's Azzam, arrived in Cape Town last Saturday, just in time to congratulate Team Telefónica on their Leg 1 victory. Walker said he and his teammates were feeling unusually well fed for this stage of the race and were itching to get started on Leg 2 from Cape Town to their home port of Abu Dhabi having now put the first night dismasting behind them.
"Back here in Cape Town we are fully focused on making sure we are 100 per cent ready for the restart in order to do as well as we can on the leg to our home port," Walker said in a blog posted on the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing website.
"The team have all regrouped now and we have the advantage of being fresh and still at a good weight – not living on freeze dried food for three weeks is a bit of a relief.
"As a group we have decided to stop looking back over the ‘incident’ and to focus only on moving forwards.
“The ship ‘Red Cedar’, bringing Azzam to Cape Town, is on time and due in on Wednesday morning. All being well we will be sailing by December 7 with two days training before the pro-am race.
“We would love to get back into the race with another in-port win."
Team Sanya's schedule is remarkably similar in terms of timing, though the problem with the boat is very different.
They expect Sanya to arrive at the commercial port at 1000 on Wednesday and over the following week they will cut out the broken section of the bow and replace it with the new piece built in Cape Town.
All being well, that will be completed by Friday, leaving time for the section to be repainted and finished and the boat to be reassembled before re-launching on Wednesday.
The second in-port race will take place on Saturday, December 10 at 1500 local time (1300 UTC) 24-hours ahead of the start of Leg 2 the following day.