Also - LSO going to be a busy port over the next couple of days. Mini SAS just finishing!
Well, this looks obvious…The retired Navy Commander was inside the boat with 2 crew on deck when the collision happened,
Well done. Keep it coming, please and thanks.Good evening from LSO,
The Prologue...................Well, it's main purpose was to allow the organisers and competitors to test their communication systems while at sea.
The YB trackers, the message functions, the SAT phones and SSB radio checks.
Unfortunately it was not much of a race because you were allowed to motor. And there were three large patches of zero wind. The first was on late Sunday afternoon, another one on Monday night and then a light wind area off LSO. The bulk of the fleet motored at least once.
The South African sailor Jeremy Bagshaw sailing Olleanna, at 32 ft, the smallest boat in the race won the start from Damien Guillo sailing PRB. These two and Simon Curwen sailing Clara were in a different league and led the fleet, soon opening a lead of some miles over the rest.
Then some hours of zero wind and most turned on motors for a number of hours. By sunset the breeze filled in and the fleet enjoyed some good downwind sailing until late on Monday when the wind dropped again. Conditions then remained light all the way to LSO.
First boat in was PLB, followed by Clara, Simon Curwen and Kirsten Neuschafer sailing Minnehaha.
But all of them used their engines in the light stuff.
I am only aware of two boats not motoring, Olleanna, Jeremy Bagshaw and Sagamatha, Guy Waites.
Then there was the unfortunate incident in which Abhilash Tomy collided with a ship. The exact details are unknown at this stage. In LSO the rush is now on to keep him in the race. The damage is confined to the stem and about 300mm back. F/G crushed, stem fittings destroyed and bent pullpit. I saw the mast being lifted out for inspection late this afternoon. My opinion is that all is highly repairable and that he will make the start.
For the Americans, your lad young Elliot is out of town doing his safety courses but his team manager tells me they are just about good to go. Nice one!
Severe lack of info on this, sign of things to come?
Abhilash,s fender-bender, Dutch flagged heavy carrier ROTRA VENTE.
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