Whilst sailing of the coast of Guadeloupe on 22nd January 2011, the 45 metre superyacht Salperton was dismasted under light conditions. The vessel though, made it to port safely with no reported injuries to those on board.
The cause of the dismasting has, as yet, not been identified but the mast was broken approximately six metres above deck, below the D1 tangs and Spreader 1.
Paul Macdonald of Southern Spars is currently travelling to Antigua to investigate the incident further and examine the damage to the mast and the rigging. He will also be meeting with the owner later in the week.
Since launching in 2009, Salperton has crossed both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans twice, encountering severe weather conditions on several occasions without incurring any damage.