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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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