by Julianna Barbieri on 14 Aug 2014
Bowman Emma Creighton overboard after Dragon hits rock. Billy Black http://www.BillyBlack.com
Dragon skipper Michael Hennessy 'I am thrilled to have Dragon back in the water and sailing. The damage from the accident looked dramatic, with fairing material displaced and the lead of the bulb banged up so immediately following the accident we spent several weeks intensively testing the hull, mast and keel to determine the full extent of the damage. The good news was that following a testing process that involved radiography, ultrasound and thermal imaging we were able to determine that the actual damage to the composite of the hull was contained, not very extensive and represented a relatively straightforward repair. The team from Carbon Ocean Yacht did a fantastic job at returning Dragon back to fighting condition, even better than new.'
Hennessy will compete in the Ida Lewis Distance Race set to start tomorrow, August 15, 2014.