Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

La Transat AG2R La Mondiale - Artemis duo report broken forestay

by Artemis Offshore Academy on 12 May 2012
With 320nm to the finish, Artemis’ forestay has broken - La Transat AG2R La Mondiale 2012 © Alexis Courcoux
Transat AG2R La Mondiale is a double-handed transatlantic race from France to St Barts in the Caribbean. At 0752 GMT Artemis sailors Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry racing in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale reported that the forestay had broken (the forward piece of rigging that holds the mast up). The failure was at the top where the rigging is terminated.

As they were sailing downwind under small spinnaker, and in darkness, there was no immediate threat to the stability of the rig, and the duo were able to temporarily secure the mast with a spare halyard. On their 22nd day at sea in this 3,890-mile race and with only 320 miles to the finish, this was a blow for the Artemis duo, the youngest and only British crew in the race, who have been fighting hard to retain eighth place against the 16-boat fleet and some formidable competition. During the call to Artemis Offshore Academy HQ they explained their immediate plan to continue racing cautiously until daylight local time (approximately 0930 GMT) before taking further steps to secure the mast for the final miles to the finish in St Barts. Artemis is expected to finish before midnight GMT tomorrow (Sunday, 13th May). With the rig compromised, the Artemis duo will have a fight on their hands to retain their position to the finish line.

Once daylight had come, Goodchild and Cherry had to carry out a necessary, albeit risky, manoeuvre as Cherry was hoisted up the mast to retrieve a spare halyard [lost up the mast earlier in the night] to provide additional security.

In a further call after the mast climb, Goodchild and Cherry outlined in more detail exactly what happened, and their solution. 'We just had a watch change and we were deciding which spinnaker to use. Then all of a sudden the forestay broke at the top of the mast,' explained Goodchild.

After the damage to the forestay both Goodchild and Cherry sprang into action and have now stabilised the mast as Cherry reports: 'We now have a topping lift and spare halyard attached to the bow with plenty tension, then we have lashed the working spinnaker halyard to a block at the head of the spinnaker with the spare main halyard going through, which we are using as a topping lift for the pole - we are happy with that solution. The only other issue that we have is the previous damage to the big spinnaker, as we don’t want to risk it in these heavier conditions. It’s a bit of a compromise at the moment [using the small spinnaker], and it’s a bit scary looking back at the other boats as they are catching up. However if we blow the big spinnaker now then we will have nothing for the finish.'

'We are basically going at full speed, however it’s likely that we are going to lose some more places, frankly our forestay issue is less of a problem than the spinnaker one from a performance point of view, if the wind goes to less than 18-knots then we are confident in our repaired big spinnaker, and we’ll be competitive. We’ll continue to push for a top 10 place, all the way to the finish line, we’ve not worked this hard, for this long, to let this set us back.'

Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry are experienced yachtsmen as well as racing sailors, and their previous transatlantic experiences will enable them to deal with this set back in the most seaman like manor, they are able to call on advice if needs be from an experienced team in Cowes, but also from the Race Direction team who are on site in St Barts, lead by Gilles Chiorri who is monitoring the situation closely with the Artemis Offshore Academy support team.

La Transat AG2R La Mondiale Artemis Offshore Academy website

Zhik ZKG 660x82Naiad/Oracle SupplierWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Lone bullets for the Brits
Despite three more inshore races being held on day five France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Despite three more inshore races being held on day five of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews, France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday, but Flanders North Sea is now the team that has relieved France White of second place overall.
Posted today at 2:10 am
Supermaxi Scallywag has her first outing on Sydney Harbour
Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Yesterday the boat took it first sail on Sydney Harbour in preparation for this weekend's start of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race
Posted on 28 Jul
Extreme Sailing Series– Oman Air sneak early lead despite bump on nose
Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today, with the narrow river, passing traffic, high walls, shifty light winds and strong currents challenging the fleet on the opening day
Posted on 28 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Quantum Racing top of the pops
Quantum Racing stand on the threshold of their third regatta win of the season after sailing to their fourth win today. The Bay of Palma lived up to its one way traffic reputation for most of the time. The risk-reward equation for those pressing for the pin end launch was high. But significantly both of today’s race winners – Quantum Racing and Bronenosec– favoured the lower risk mid line starts where they had a better chance of coming away from the gun at maximum speed by staying clear of the jousting and jostling
Posted on 28 Jul
Debriefing the 2015-16 Clipper Round The World Race with Huw Fernie
Sail-World talked with Huw Fernie of Visit Seattle to learn more about a Clipper Round The World Race skipper’s life. Skipper Huw Fernie and his Visit Seattle crew took top honors in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, marking their second podium finish during the 2015/16 Clipper Round The World Race. I recently caught up with Fernie to learn more about Visit Seattle’s success in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, and to learn more about the life of a Clipper Round The World Race skipper.
Posted on 28 Jul
Oman Air quick to master light airs on Day 1 of Extreme Sailing Series
Last year’s wild and gusty winds gave way to light simmering airs but the Oman Sail was quick to master the conditions. The compact River Elbe race course, bordered on all sides by cargo containers and all the handling equipment associated with one of the busiest ports in the world, was expected to be tricky for the GC32 fleet even though the race area had been expanded.
Posted on 28 Jul
Finale of Clipper Race global series starts in The Netherlands
The 198nm race to London is going to be one of the most nail-biting yet with just six points separating the top teams After a Departure Ceremony from Willemsoord Marina and a Parade of Sail in the presence of Dutch Royal Navy ship ZrMs Luymes, the fleet started the final short sprint to London off the Dutch coast.
Posted on 28 Jul
Thousands of spectators expected to welcome home Clipper Race fleet
Hurricane winds, giant waves, freezing conditions, battered boats and tragedy fail to quell fighting spirit of the crew. The tenth edition of the famous biennial race for novice sailors led by professional skippers is regarded as the most challenging on record after the event endured the most extreme conditions it has ever faced in its 20-year history.
Posted on 28 Jul
Trans-Atlantic record- Comanche sets new monohull record
Comanche has crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, England in her attempt to set two new world sailing records Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark's supermaxi Comanche has crossed the virtual finish line off the Lizard, England in her attempt to set two new world sailing records. She finished at 11:45 UTC on Thursday July 28,2016, having left New York on Saturday July 23, 2016.
Posted on 28 Jul
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - France Blue blasts back
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup race course took on a different complexion today. The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup race course took on a different complexion today. A front passed through early morning leaving behind it a lumpy sea, further kicked up by a strong eastbound tide.
Posted on 28 Jul