Infinity 52 sunk North Atlantic

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The recently launched infinity 52 DSS foiler, Tulikettu, has sunk on a delivery.

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S/Y TULIKETTU HAS BEEN LOST IN NORTH ATLANTIC AFTER COLLIDING WITH AN UNIDENTIFIED FLOATING OBJECT

It is with great sadness, that we must report an incident that occurred in the North Atlantic last week while Tulikettu was sailing from Cascais, Portugal back to the Team Base in Gosport, United Kingdom. All four delivery crew members survived the situation unharmed, and have returned to the United Kingdom with their loved ones.

The yacht collided with an unidentified floating object (UFO) on Monday 18 April. The EPIRB was launched in the early hours Wednesday 20 April at 00.54 am UTC. Will Jackson, Tulikettu shore team manager, supported the Person-In-Charge via a continuous satellite connection. On Wednesday, April 20, at 10:45 am UTC, the entire crew was evacuated to an oil tanker that had been diverted to assist, and Tulikettu had to be abandoned at sea.

A salvage operation commenced on Thursday 21 April. A high-powered tug was sent to search the area with direct assistance from a spotter plane. The search efforts have continued 24/7 for the last seven days. The shore team has been working day and night, with support from MRCC Turku and MRCC Delgado. The multinational team has worked together producing daily drift calculations to assist the sea and air recovery specialists. After a week of intensive searching, hope of recovery has faded, and the Tulikettu Team stopped the search on Friday evening 29 April.

” We managed to sail almost 5000 nautical miles aboard our magnificent yacht, which was long enough time to conclude that the new Infiniti 52 exceeded all our expectations for the performance of the boat. I will never forget the feeling when Tulikettu leaned on its foil and lifted herself above the waves for the first time reaching effortlessly boat speeds of 28 knots without help from surf waves, and the wind speed didn’t come even close to our boat speed back then. 

I have been through many sleepless nights as I have wondered what else we could have done to find our beautiful new beast. Very slowly my thoughts are beginning to look at the future, which gives me strength in this devastating situation. Loosing such a revolutionary vessel that had attracted so much attention and interest across the global sailing community is, after many years’ work, one of the most difficult moments in my life, but giving up on our goals and my dream to win something big together with my all-Finnish offshore racing team on the international grand prix offshore racing scene would be much worse. The more wet rags on the face, the harder I want to achieve our goals.

A Formula One team would not stop racing after crashing its new car in the winter tests. Therefore, I have made the decision to continue our Team efforts as soon as possible in collaboration with Infiniti Yachts. In the meantime, the Team will continue to train and compete together with the other offshore racing yachts of our sailing club, Xtra Stærk Ocean Racing Society, including our Xp44 and JPK 10.30 yachts proven to be successful. We will explore the possibility of chartering other competitive boats.  God damnit, we will be back!”, said Arto Linnervuo, Tulikettu Racing Team owner.

“The Infiniti 52 showed every sign of being the best yacht to have been fitted with DSS ever. Her behavior and balance were impeccable and speed easy to find. Having spent so long developing and building the Tulikettu her loss is a significant disappointment, notwithstanding hull 2 is well underway and hull 3 is expected to start in a few weeks.”says Gordon Kay, founder of Infiniti Yachts.

“I speak for the whole team at Composite Builders and all of the people involved in getting Tulikettu on the water, how heartbroken we are to hear of the unfortunate accident with this beautiful yacht. In its short life the boat’s performance had exceeded expectations! Unfortunately, we are seeing more instances of collisions with foreign objects at sea, and the effects this is having on the health of our oceans and the sailing community. We are happy that the crew are safe and hope to see Arto and his team back on the water very soon.” – commented Brian McInnes from boat builder Composite Builders.

“I was in total shock and saddened to hear about the loss of Tulikettu. The few times I sailed on the boat during early sea trials were truly exciting and she gave more than a few glimpses of her very impressive performance through a range of conditions. An absolute pleasure to drive and trim, Tulikettu was I think a genuine step forward in technology and performance for an offshore 52 foot race boat. I understand that Arto is very keen to be able to get back into a new Infiniti 52 as soon as possible. This is great news and completely understandable! I look forward to the opportunity to join him once again.” Said Sty Bannatyne, Tulikettu Racing team’s coach and Doyle Sails representative.





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Steam Flyer

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That's a shame. Glad the crew is safe.

No details of how it happened, though.

It would be irresponsible to speculate, I hope we can get some further info.

- DSK

 

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This what got my attention.

when Tulikettu leaned on its foil and lifted herself above the waves for the first time reaching effortlessly boat speeds of 28 knots without help from surf waves, and the wind speed didn’t come even close to our boat speed back then. 
 

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Wonder what their speed was at the time of collision. 
I don't think they were going that fast at the time of the incident, my bet is 6-7 kts.

The weather was quite confused seas, maybe around 2M/8s waves, but not that much wind. Not much gusts, a pretty good weather otherwise. Hard to go that fast in that sort of weather, and in addition they only had a skeleton crew present for a boat of that size, if I have understood right it was just a few people onboard.

We we were doing around 8 kts and going north around hundred or so miles in front of them (on motor) and they were not really catching us - as we naturally expected them to.

Then they disappeared from AIS, and now I read this news. What a bummer indeed.

 
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shanghaisailor

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Looks like @shanghaisailor caught on and posted the news on the front page.  He brings a perspective from close to the action in China.
ha ha - way ahead of you. Doesn't matter where you are with the internet really. Actually more important being close to some of those involved.

One thing I can confirm is that "It wasn't the foil".

Wonder what their speed was at the time of collision. 
reportedly 8 kts. Someone up-thread said that wasn't fast for a collision but try running into a brick wall at 9-10 mph & you would find coming to a dead stop might just sting  little

 
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Fiji Bitter

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ha ha - way ahead of you. Doesn't matter where you are with the internet really. Actually more important being close to some of those involved.

One thing I can confirm is that "It wasn't the foil".

reportedly 8 kts. Someone up-thread said that wasn't fast for a collision but try running into a brick wall at 9-10 mph & you would find coming to a dead stop might just sting  little


ha ha, regarding "It wasn't the foil", Woppy and Wellbourn are over a day ahead of you, in the other thread.

And who said they ran into a brick wall? I have indeed managed to run head on into a concrete brick harbor breakwater, at Mackinac in fact, at 5 knots, with only superficial damamage. Displacement metters in that respect. Blocks of concrete are rare at sea, however.

BTW, havn't found the Afront Page yet, thought you had been dumped there for Anarchist David.

 
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shanghaisailor

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ha ha, regarding "It wasn't the foil", Woppy and Wellbourn are over a day ahead of you, in the other thread.

And who said they ran into a brick wall? I have indeed managed to run head on into a concrete brick harbor breakwater, at Mackinac in fact, at 5 knots, with only superficial damamage. Displacement metters in that respect. Blocks of concrete are rare at sea, however.

BTW, havn't found the Afront Page yet, thought you had been dumped there for Anarchist David.
Hi Fiji

There's another thread? Well, swipe me vitals!!

Can't be first with the info each time :) Just saying what I had heard. Depends on many things. I remember coming down a wave at nowhere near 8 kts saw something big and dark in my way, managed to dodge it - whatever it was, trunk I think, but it caught my dangling outboard and ripped the whole thing off the back of the boat. It was only 5 or  weeks old as well.

And if you believe "All Is Lost" (I am kidding of course) you only have to gently nudge a container and you have a potential sinking on your hands.

Either way, gutted for the owner. At least all were safe, I have known where literally almost all were lost and to this day no fucker knows what was hit. A very good friend too! 

 

nolatom

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If there isn't an industrywide association of container shipping companies that could pool funds to reimburse damaged or sunk vessels who struck these UFOs, there ought to be.

They do have industry groups, https://www.worldshipping.org/about-liner-shipping, and proven losses could be paid out of such a pool.  The problem, of course, is proof, the sailboat's sunk and a probable sunk or awash container is not necessarily the only reason, though it probably is, depending on the waters and prior container overboard losses. 

I doubt I'm the first to entertain the idea.  It will of course be more popular on SA than in (pick your boxship fleet)'s boardrooms.

 

Schakel

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Crazy story.

Imagine being the proud new owner of that.
I don't think insurrance are going to pay the 100 percent.
50/50 perhaps?

 
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shanghaisailor

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Crazy story.

Imagine being the proud new owner of that.
I don't think insurrance are going to pay the 100 percent.
50/50 perhaps?
Bad insurance company if it does. If the insured satisfies all the conditions of the policy then, except for any excess written into the policy, then full sum insured should be remitted.

I have just finished with a claim on a vessel with total insured value for a little over GBP3m. It was for damage to the rig. Loss adjuster appointed, surveyor appointed, process followed - paid in full by the insurance company except for the excess.

Paid to the broker that is. He had a condition that he was entitled to 5% of any claim which we declined to sign when the policy was effected. Bastard still deducted the 5%. If you are in Hong Kong, PM me and I will let you know who he is. In the process of communications with the HK Insurance Authorities about the legality of his actions or otherwise.

There are sharks in the water!

SS

 

1sailor

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Crazy story.

Imagine being the proud new owner of that.
I don't think insurrance are going to pay the 100 percent.
50/50 perhaps?
why would that be, do you mean that you suppose they under-insured it for some reason ?   doubt that.   the savings in yearly premiums are very negligible to have a too-low declared value.  maybe I don't understand the skepticism as something else

 
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