sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Rescue operation continues
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Rescue operation continues

'Geraldton Western Australia - Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race.'    Bruce Sutherland/onEdition

Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race competitor Geraldton Western Australia is undergoing a rescue operation after four crew members on board sustained injuries during storm force conditions, in the Pacific Ocean, around 400 miles off the California coast.

Yesterday a large wave washed over the Geraldton Western Australia yacht, sweeping away its steering mounting and wheel, some of its communications equipment and injuring four crew members.

Earlier plans to parachute US Coast Guard personnel onto the yacht from a C-130 plane, which had dropped additional medical supplies and specialist stretchers onto the yacht, were abandoned due to the weather conditions.

Currently 350 miles off the Californian coast, the yacht is beyond the range of a shore-based helicopter so a US Coast Guard cutter with a deck helipad has been dispatched to rendezvous with Geraldton Western Australia in order to carry out a two-part airlift if necessary. They are expected to reach the yacht at approximately 1530 UTC on Sunday (0830 local time, California).

Juan Coetzer, skipper of the Geraldton Western Australia yacht explained what happened when the wave hit.

'We were racing along in 40-60 knot gusts. The sea was alive with rage. We were making good speed, sailing with the third reef in the main, surfing at 15 - 20 knots. Then at our watch change, just before the sun came up, a monstrous foaming swell broke over our stern. Mark Burkes was on the helm at the time. The water had so much force in it that it pushed Mark into the helm, snapping the pedestal clean off. We had no steering and crew were falling all over the boat.

'Quickly we got the emergency steering in place. Then the third reef blew, so the storm jib went up and we pulled down the remains of our main sail, tidied up the boat and the treated the wounded. In the afternoon a Coast Guard plane flew by and dropped us some extra supplies.'

US Coast Guard paramedics will assess the injuries before deciding whether to airlift any of the crew members. The injured crew include Jane Hitchens, 50, a doctor from Kent, UK, Nik Brbora, a 29-year old software engineer who lives in London and Max Wilson, 62, a farmer from Queensland, Australia.

If the airlift is required, when they are close enough to the yacht the helicopter will take off to airlift the casualty to the cutter, which will then head for port and when they are closer to shore will airlift the injured crew from the Coast Guard vessel to land.

Mark Burkes, 47, from Worcestershire, UK, is less seriously injured than originally thought.

The rest of the crew are uninjured but shaken by the incident. All of their families have been informed of the incident.

Six of the other nine yachts competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have now arrived in Jack London Square, Oakland, California, where they will remain until the start of the next race on 14 April. Three others are expected to arrive in the next 24 hours.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race website


by Heather Ewing

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95518

12:06 PM Sun 1 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

01 Apr 2012  Gold Coast Australia wins China-US Leg 6 of Clipper Race
01 Apr 2012  US Coastguard to the rescue after Cllipper Round the World injuries
01 Apr 2012  Clipper Round the World Race - Another first for Gold Coast Australia
31 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Competition heats up
29 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet enter Ocean Sprint zone
29 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet closes in on Oakland
27 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet continues to be tested
26 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Boat speed records broken
25 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet enjoys downwind conditions
25 Mar 2012  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams re-energise
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Rod Davis - why I left Team NZ *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




















Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,




















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
















Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images   
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive   
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one   
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT