Gottfried Pössl’s Class 40, Celox 40 was dismasted shortly after the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race as boat captain Andreas Hanakamp explains; “We were doing 26.4 knots of boat speed when the runner gave way, everybody is okay but shattered. We have anchored the rig and marked it, so that it should not be a danger to shipping. We are very disappointed not to race, but delighted that nobody has been injured.”
ICAP Leopard has contacted the RORC Race Office to announce that they are retiring from the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. The crew are safe and well and are making a course for Southampton.
“Sadly we have had to retire off Beachy Head! So heading back to Southampton eta tomorrow early. Regards Mike/Leopard”
Although not confirmed, Rigging News understands that Leopard have broken their boom. We will have the full report shortly.