Please select your home edition
Edition
Harken HL Snatch Block 728x90

Global Ocean Race - Drama for Phesheya Racing

by Oliver Dewar on 2 Mar 2012
Phesheya-Racing Phesheya-Racing
In the Global Ocean Race, Conrad Coleman and Adrian Kuttel sailed across the Punta del Este finish line on Wednesday earning them the first place spot in Leg 3 with Cessna Citation. There was drama to the south off the Falkland Islands for Nick Legatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Phesheya Racing and some unusually civilised behavior from Marco Nannini and Hugh Ramon off the coast of Argentina with Financial Crisis.

While personnel from the GOR Race Organisation were preparing to board RIBs at the Yacht Club Punta del Este and head into the South Atlantic for a rendezvous with Cessna Citation, it was noted that the South African Class40, Phesheya-Racing was near-stationary and very close to the Jason Island archipelago just north-west of the Falkland Islands mid-evening GMT on Wednesday. Calls were immediately made to family members in Cape Town and to the Class40 to confirm that yacht’s status.

On Thursday morning, Phillippa Hutton-Squire described the scene: 'We had sailed straight into a huge raft of kelp!' she confirmed by email. 'The kelp was trailing out the back of the boat like the boat had grown a long pony tail.'

The South Africans hove-to and began to clear the thick, slippery blades and stipes from the rudders and keel as Phesheya-Racing began to drift downwind towards the rocky shoreline of Jason West Cay: 'I pulled the kelp up to Nick with the boat hook and then Nick pulled the kelp to the bow to free it from the keel,' continues Hutton-Squire. 'Eventually, we couldn’t reach any more, so we changed tacks and by this time we were very close to Jason West Cay.'

With Phesheya-Racing changing tack, the density of the kelp raft increased. 'The pieces of kelp were so big on this tack that we got the halyard around them to try and pull them off,' explains Hutton-Squire. We were very successful with two big chunks, but after three hours of this we were still entangled in kelp.' As Phesheya-Racing drifted closer to the rocks, an alternative method of kelp removal was needed fast. Leggatt quickly climbed into a full wetsuit with dive bottle and with and MOB retrieval line trailing behind the boat, he leapt into the freezing water.

Armed with a knife, Leggatt disappeared under the boat: 'Moments later he popped up surrounded by kelp and shouted 'the keel is free!' says Hutton-Squire. 'Then he had to free the prop and do a quick check under the boat and he did exactly that and four minutes later Nick was back on board safely,' she confirms.

By midnight GMT, Phesheya-Racing was moving again and at 15:00 GMT on Thursday, Leggatt and Hutton-Squire were 100 miles north of the Falklands averaging just under five knots in light headwinds and trailing Financial Crisis by 485 miles.

Throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the new race leaders, Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon, sailed parallel to the coast of Patagonia 120 miles off the Valdés Peninsular in variable tail winds as the environment began to improve on board Financial Crisis.

'The permanent cloud cover of the past few days has broken up during the night and I stood my watch in the cockpit as a magnificent sunrise brought summer to our world,' said Nannini as Financial Crisis approached 40S.

'Since we left the icy weather of the high latitudes it has been remarkable to watch the temperature rise very fast as we sail north,' he notes. 'Water temperature is now at nearly 20 degrees and today I'm sure we can get rid of all our base and mid-layers and finally sport some shorts and t-shirts.'

Handicapped by the loss of their A2 spinnaker, the final 400 miles to the finish line in Punta del Este are not looking simple: 'Apart from this magnificent day, we can’t say we’ve been particularly lucky with the winds,' says Nannini. 'First we had lots of headwinds and now that the wind has come round, we’re in light-ish airs without our masthead spinnaker and trying to do the best we can and creep forward a mile at a time toward this holy image of a proper, rare South American steak and the holiest of holy grails, a pint of beer.'

At 15:00 GMT, Financial Crisis was averaging seven knots in light, following breeze, but north-westerly headwinds blowing from the Argentine Pampas are forecast in the next 24 hours and Nannini predicts a Sunday arrival in Punta del Este: 'The anticipation is high and I really, really want to get there, but whilst we are sailing I may as well enjoy the nice weather,' says Nannini. 'It’s time for a shower on deck, some clean pants, a shave and all the things that can make me feel human again after all that time in the south.'

GOR leaderboard at 15:00 GMT 01/03/12:

1. Cessna Citation Finished 20:37:30 GMT 29/2/12
2. Financial Crisis DTF 411 7kts
3. Phesheya-Racing DTL 485 4.8kts

Global Ocean Race website

Helm Events 660x82Barz Optics - Melanin LensesZhik Yachting 660x82

Related Articles

Global Ocean Race - Final prizegiving in Les Sables d’Olonne
In the Global Ocean Race, separated momentarily from their Class40s, the teams attended the final, official event In the Global Ocean Race, separated momentarily from their Class40s, the teams attended the final, official event of the GOR 2011-12 in Les Sables d’Olonne and joined 150 guests at the event’s prize giving held in the town’s Salle Audubon on Boulevard Pasteur in the middle of Les Sable’s old town on Saturday evening.
Posted on 18 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai crosses Leg 5 finish
In the Global Ocean Race, at 21:54:44 GMT on Sunday, the fourth and final Class40, Sec. Hayai, crossed the finish line In the Global Ocean Race, at 21:54:44 GMT (23:54:44 local) on Sunday, the fourth and final double-handed Class40, Sec. Hayai, crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne, France, with the Dutch father-and-son duo of Nico and Frans Budel taking fourth place in Leg 5 and fourth place overall.
Posted on 11 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing cross Leg 5 finish
Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing crossed the Leg 5 finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 23:40:21 GMT on 9 June Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011-12 Class40 Phesheya-Racing, skippered by the South African duo of Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Nick Leggatt, crossed the Leg 5 finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 23:40:21 GMT on Saturday 9 June (01:40:21 Sunday 10 June local)
Posted on 10 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race final two Class40s head to Leg 5 finish
Global Ocean Race - With less than 300 miles remaining for the Class40s, it’s looking like a busy Sunday in Port Olona Global Ocean Race - With less than 300 miles remaining for the final two Class40s, it’s looking like a busy Sunday in Port Olona, Les Sables d’Olonne, with an ETA for the South African team on Phesheya-Racing of 10:00-01:00 UTC (00:00-03:00 local) if the duo pick up the forecast breeze, and 16:00-18:00 UTC (18:00-20:00 local) for the Dutch team on Sec. Hayai.
Posted on 9 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race - Chasing duo prepare for yet another gale
GOR - Phesheya-Racing in third place and Sec. Hayai in fourth have been climbing north-east passed Cape Finisterre As the Global Ocean Race two leading Class40s ripped through the Bay of Biscay and across the Les Sables d’Olonne finish line and into the shelter of Port Olona, Phesheya-Racing in third place and Sec. Hayai in fourth have been climbing north-east passed Cape Finisterre in strong westerly winds
Posted on 9 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis takes second overall
Global Ocean Race - Nannini and Sergio crossed the finish with Financial Crisis off the port of Les Sables d’Olonne In the Global Ocean Race, with nearly 40 knots blowing and an enormous swell rolling in from the Atlantic, the Italian-Slovak duo of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo crossed the finish with Class40 Financial Crisis off the French port of Les Sables d’Olonne, taking second place overall in the fleet of the four remaining boats in the circumnavigation.
Posted on 8 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race Class40 Cessna Citation cross Leg 5 finish
Global Ocean Race - After 150 days of racing around the planet Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough have taken first place Global Ocean Race - After 150 days of racing around the planet, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough have taken first place in the fifth leg and have also won the circumnavigation event overall with their Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation. Having led the GOR fleet for the majority of leg five Cessna Citation thundered towards the finish line hitting 17 knots under full main and Solent
Posted on 7 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race leader approaches Leg 5 finish
Global Ocean Race leading Class40 is approaching the final finish line of the 30,000-mile circumnavigation in leg five Global Ocean Race leading Class40 is approaching the final finish line of the 30,000-mile circumnavigation in leg five to Les Sables d’Olonne, France, and the two skippers, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough, are flat lining east through the Bay of Biscay in following wind with just 137 miles remaining for Cessna Citation on Tuesday afternoon
Posted on 6 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race leaders count down final miles
Global Ocean Race two front running Class40s were separated by 280 miles on Monday afternoon Global Ocean Race two front running Class40s were separated by 280 miles on Monday afternoon as the two double-handed Class40s head due east at the same latitude as the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. South-west of the leading two boats, around 180 miles NNW of the Azores, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai are beginning the long ascent through the Atlantic to the Bay of Biscay.
Posted on 5 Jun 2012
Global Ocean Race fleet sail through second gale
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 fleet of double-handed Class40s has successfully sailed through the second gale in three days. Global Ocean Race - As Tropical Storm Beryl prowls around the North Atlantic, the GOR fleet of double-handed Class40s has successfully sailed through the second gale in three days. Furthest south in fourth place, Nico and Frans Budel recorded gusts of up 35 knots on Sec. Hayai
Posted on 4 Jun 2012