Volvo Race - Yacht SEB Dismasted !
7 February, between 0630 GMT and 0640 GMT this morning, VOR Yacht
SEB lost her carbon mast after it broke just above the boom. The crew had to cut
the rig free and abandon it, but they managed to keep the boom and the spinnaker
boom which was broken.. The crew is safe and the boat is not damaged. A primitive
jury-rig has been erected and SEB is heading for the nearest port. It all happened
in a 28-knot breeze whilst running at 17 knots of boat speed, approximately 1,250
miles from Cape Horn at the possition 58.12S 106.47W.
In a message from the boat, skipper Gurra Krantz wrote: We will await day light
to check that nothing is caught on the prop and then start the engine. This is
of course a very sad situation for us, but the most important thing in a situation
like this, is that the crew and boat are safe. The crew now plan to continue sailing
under jury-rig to the closest available port in South America to conduct repairs.
News Corp hits iceberg
The VOR yacht, News Corp has hit a growler, while sailing at 21 knots of boat
speed this morning. The crew immediately dived below decks to make sure that the
yacht was safe and that they were not taking on any water. Fortunately, the boat
appeared to be sound and the crew were all safe and well. Since that time, however,
the boat has had to make a course away from the favoured route in the south, to
sail downwind in order to effect immediate repairs to their rig which was damaged
at the time of the collision, along with some sails. Ross Field reported later
that they hoped to be racing again at full strength over the next few hours.
Amer Sports One wipe out
Team Amer Sports One came close to disaster last night as they lost control of
their overpowered yacht while charging towards two large icebergs right in front
of them. When the yacht wiped out, they shredded the storm spinnaker. After righting
the boat, Roger Nilson navigated them through a gap between the two bergs.
... and the show must go on !
Paul Cayard recounts the experience:
"Shortly after sunrise the wind accelerated from 25 knots to 40 knots, topping
out at 47 knots of wind from 260. There was a well-formed sea from the three days
of incessant 30 knots of wind.
I get up on deck and immediately I am pelted in the back by a wall of water. I
work my way to the back and acclimate for three minutes. Then grab the wheel.
The boat is very much under control and I am able to weave in and out of the 30-foot
seas easily while we sit on 25-28 knots. My top speed was 32 knots for the two
hours. At one point, two or three waves had come together to make one huge wave.
We got up on it and looked down a 120-foot runway that was about 30 degrees. Everyone's
eyes were huge. It was a phenomenal wave that Dalton said was the biggest he had
ever ridden. The water was coming down the deck so hard and deep when we would
plow into the back of the waves that Bouwe Bekking was pushing against my back
to hold me forward. It just went on and on. There were endless waves to surf,
endless amounts of fun. It was simply the reason I came to do this leg."
Now just 1,100 miles away, the Atlantic and Cape Horn will be relatively tranquil
after a last night when the Amer Sports One sailed a phenomenal 126 miles in
a six-hour period. Amer Sports One was not alone. In that same six-hour period,
Tyco sailed 124 miles and Illbruck 120.
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