Persico Marine, the One Design boatyard where Vestas was delivered, had just four months to make their repairs, so the boat could be shipped to Lisbon in time to enter the next leg of the race. “To start with,” Bice said, “You had to take your head out of your hands. Then the next step was to determine what could be reused.” To do so, they hired a technical company, QI Composites, to perform Non-Destructive Testing Analysis, essentially running an ultrasound over the entire boat to discover where the carbon fiber was damaged. Then the great rebuild began. Twenty-four people worked on the boat full-time for the next four months, sawing, sanding, painting, running up a bill close to six million dollars. It’s difficult to overstate the extent of what had to be done: The majority of the hull was rebuilt, and vast swathes of the deck were repaired. A new mast and a new keel bulb were waiting in Lisbon. Six months later, it was basically a new boat.