sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race - Wedgetail crew safe after dismasting
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race - Wedgetail crew safe after dismasting


'Wedgetail and her crew all safe after the dismasting. - Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2013'    Ian Mainsbridge    Click Here to view large photo

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2013 - As it always does, the dismasting of an ocean-going yacht happens in an instant.

And as it often is, the reason for the dismasting can only be a matter of speculation.


So it was with the Queensland sloop Wedgetail, the Reichel/Pugh 55 that reached the sanctuary of Hobart’s Kings Pier marina this afternoon after dismasting off Tasman Island in heavy south-westerly weather at 4 am today.

Skipper Bill Wild said Wedgetail was in the process of rounding the lighthouse island and making for Cape Raoul when the rig came down

'We talked the whole race about where the winds were going; we set ourselves up to come around the corner at Tasman. We were well set up before the front came in, we were in good shape down the coast; we trucked along and knew what was coming around the corner.

'The wind was 30 knots. I haven’t seen it that bad in Storm Bay. It just went bang,' Wild said.

'It was pretty rough out there. We had three reefs in the main and a number five headsail up, on starboard tack.

'I was just coming up actually, a four o’clock shift change. There’s a lot of noise anyway on the boat. Then the bang. The rig, when it goes down it goes down. We had to cut it away of course; it took about 20 minutes, half an hour.

'You’ve got to be careful, the guys did a good job, went about it properly, did all the bits, one at a time, the boat was safe the people were safe, that’s the main thing.'

Wild said there were other boats around them but Wedgetail did not call for assistance.

'It was good to see them there. We were looking around to see who was there in case we needed them, but we didn’t.'

Navigator Adrienne Cahalan has lived through a dismasting three times now – on Elle Racing in 1996, on the catamaran Royal and Sun Alliance off Cape Horn in 1998 on a Jules Verne record attempt and now in this race. Every time it comes as a shock.

'We were having a really good race with Victoire and Patrice, we knew what was coming and were well set up, well prepared and that was the hard bit.

'We just went off a wave; it was a big seaway out there at Tasman, and a lot of wind.'


by Bruce Montgomery

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=117988

12:05 PM Sun 29 Dec 2013GMT


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

Click for further information on
2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Related News Stories:

29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI crew celebrate victory
29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Black Jack wins battle of Volvo 70s
29 Dec 2013  Clipper Round the World - Henri Lloyd retires on Day 3 of Race 6
29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart; Images of Day 4's Finishers by Crosbie Lorimer
29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart: Line Honours Images by Crosbie Lorimer
29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - 'Boat breaking'
29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart: Images from Tasman Island - Carlo Borlenghi
29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart: Images from Tasman island - Daniel Forster
29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart: Youth America's Cup winners just metres apart
29 Dec 2013  Rolex Sydney Hobart 2013 - Victoire has a sniff of victory
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,










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   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT