While the Palma Vela fleet kept it more or less together on a breezy opening day (bar a man overboard on Alphina, broken main batttens on the J-Class Lionheart and numerous blown out sails) ,the hospitality tent on the dock did not survive the last big gust of the day. Although the tent was rammed full … Read more
Not a great opening day for Artemis Racing at the AC45 WS in Naples, Italy; “It was all going well, and it will be interesting to watch the video, because we bore off, both hulls went down, it felt relatively safe, then up on her nose and she went over. Luckily no one’s injured, but the … Read more
Photo:Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, suspend racing from leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, after the mast broke just above the first spreader around 60 nautical miles south of Punta del Este. Photo: Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo … Read more
Tanguy de LaMotte retrieves the halyard, swivel and what’s left of the top fitting of the broken Genoa furling stay on his Class 40. Lying 7th and positioned south of the fleet, there is plenty of runway left for the team to get into the chocolates in the La Solidaire du Chocolate.
Photo: Ingrid Abery / Rolex The new IRC52 ‘Highland Fling’ broke their rig at the St. Thomas Rolex Regatta over the weekend. Sailing Anarchy got the story on it here and the You Tube highlights are here.
We love these pictures taken during a recent bow remodel undertaken by Accastillage Diffusion Denia in Spain. ‘The boat had an accident and we repaired it, we changed the shape of the bow and we designed a bowsprit. All the rigging has been overhauled and the mast has been checked for possible damages’, comments Alvaro … Read more
The PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG team suffered a broken mast onboard PUMA’s Mar Mostro in the South Atlantic Ocean on November 21, 2011, 17 days after the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Alicante, Spain. Today, they released part one of their story – check it:
Sails draped over the foredeck seconds after the dismast on Sec. Hayai – Photo Sec. Hayai (Source: GOR) After 14 hours of racing in Leg 2 of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the Dutch father-and-son team of Nico and Frans Budel dismasted shortly before rounding the Cape of Good Hope and … Read more
It’s been a bad leg from a mast and rigging perspective. Most has been well documented (Azzam and Puma) but not many have picked up on Campers near disastrous runner failure a few hours before the finish. It’s not so interesting for the mainstream media as it was not a ‘race stopper’ and fairly hard … Read more