Images from the dismasted westernaustralia2011.com
by OnEdition Images on 6 Mar 2008
These images from westernaustralia2011.com, one of the ten yachts competing in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race, which was dismasted during the race from Qingdao to Hawaii.
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At 06:00 GMT on the eleventh day of the 4,400-nautical mile Pacific leg, the team representing Western Australia reported that their 81-foot (24.5 metres) mast had snapped approximately halfway down whilst sailing in approximately 10-15 knots of wind under spinnaker.
There are no injuries onboard and the crew of 12, including the professional skipper, has cut away the trailing rigging using hydraulic cutters to prevent damage to the 68-foot yacht¹s hull. The yacht remains seaworthy and a full assessment of the damage is underway.
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