Please select your home edition
Edition
Lloyd Stevenson - T2Artefact 728x90px TOP

Sterna piped home in Mcintyre OGR

by Ocean Globe Race 28 Apr 12:49 PDT 28 April 2024
Hugs all round finally crossing the finish line of the MCINTYRE OCEAN GLOBE RACE , quite an achievement for a South African entry © Aïda Valceanu/ OGR2023

Sterna finishes McIntyre Ocean Globe Race to the sounds of Bagpipes!

The McIntyre Ocean Globe Race is full of human stories and this one is about the smallest boat, Beanies, Bums, Bagpipes and Biltong! Sterna SA (42) Allspice Yachting raced across the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line to the cheers and whoops of delight from family and friends. It was an emotional arrival for the crew who have had their fair share of challenges throughout the race. But nothing was going to stop the crew from celebrating their achievement crossing the line at 11.37 local time after 53 days 17 hours 37 minutes and 55 seconds at sea since leaving Punta Del Este in Uruguay...

With two Scottish bagpipes squealing out the South African national anthem as they closed the finish line and the sun fighting hard to shine through, it was an emotional scene. The crew looked splendid in the individual multi-colour, hand knitted while under way beanies, while some of the girls lead by Mellissa were once again happy to drop their pants to show off their multi-coloured underwear ensigns! to the absolute delight, yet confused English spectators.

LEG 3 & 4 Skipper Jeremy Bagshaw reflected on the long slow sailing in Leg 4.

"We lost our fridge and freezer on day two so we ate a lot of meat in the first 10 days before that started going off and then after that we were very vegetarian then it was a challenge to make the meals interesting! Then we ended up with quite a lot of damage to the boat during the race, so it felt like 52 days of repair work! We lost a lot of time when we couldn't do the rigging repairs immediately because we had incredible sea state and could not climb the mast, so we had to Hove too for three days before we could attempt repairs. The sea state was just unbelievable. The rig was oscillating through a lot of degrees and we eventually got the D2 sorted and we'd been going great guns for 2 days and then one of the starboard Runners parted at the worst possible time in big winds and enormous seas. Having spent 40 days on starboard tack, we couldn't risk the compromised rig without a runner on that side, so that was another day and a half waiting before we could go up and replace it." - Jeremy Bagshaw, Skipper of Sterna for Leg 3 & 4.

It has been a challenging race for the crew of the Swan 53, one of the smallest yachts in the fleet. Leg one saw them crossing the line into their homeport of Cape Town, 12th in line honours after 49 days of sailing. They had hoped to arrive in time to see South Africa win the Rugby World Cup but were pushed north by 45-knots, gusting 50 knots, south easterlies with five-meter seas halting their progress.

They had just six days until the start of Leg 2 to carry out essential repairs, which proved to be insurmountable. They were forced to delay their start to complete work on the Swan after discovering a crack behind their gooseneck fitting just hours before heading to the start line. They would start Leg 2 two days after the rest of the fleet - a disappointment for the South African crew.

And disappointment would strike again just days out from Cape Town when they were forced to return to port with rudder problems which made it impossible to continue on. They hauled out in Mossel Bay for essential repairs on their rudder which involved a team of laminators working for days. This outside assistance not allowed under the Notice of Race rules disqualified them from rankings in Leg 2. Then their leg 1 skipper had to leave the boat unexpectedly for personal reasons so chief mate Melissa Du Toit would replace Rufus Brand as leg 2 skipper for the remainder of the Leg.

After 63 days of racing, they crossed the Auckland finish line, leaving them just seven days to carry out repairs and get some rest and relaxation before the start of leg 3, Auckland to Punta del Este. Former Golden Globe solo sailor and fellow South African Jeremy Bagshaw would step onboard as skipper in Auckland for leg 3 & 4.

And while they might not have always ranked highly on the leaderboard, Leg 1 seeing them 10th in IRC and 12th in line honours, Leg 3 -11th in IRC and Line honours, they proved that determination, grit and humour can get you around the world. Their adventure was all about finishing. Once again, they had hoped to arrive on South African FREEDOM DAY but they were 10 hours late.

Chief Mate Melissa Du Toit was looking forward to a beer and biltong on arrival and loved every minute of the OGR...

"We're late as usual, but we did it and we are so incredibly excited. This COWES reception is amazing, it's such an incredible achievement. It's the day after our national South African day and we're just so happy and so proud and so happy to see everybody. This leg was tough, it was really tough and in terms of crew Dynamics - in terms of the human elements- in terms of the rig - in terms of the wind - I mean it was aggh, but I'd take the Southern Ocean any day. It's faster and it just blows!

This whole OGR experience has changed me for sure, incredibly more. I'm a better sailor better people's person I think, or I'll try to be definitely now. I have more confidence, more like not scared of anything. And my best experience was the Aurora Australis! like it wasn't even a thing that I imagined would ever happen in this race and we got to see it. You don't even see the sky in the Southern Ocean and it opened up and we saw the Southern lights.

We made it! Probably with the smallest budget in the smallest bout out of the entire fleet, probably had the worst weather out of the entire fleet and we still got here in one piece and we still did it- we're here - we made it and it's incredible! " - Melissa Du Toit, Chief Mate of Sterna.

Only two yachts are left sailing, Translated 9 IT (09) are due to arrive around the 4th MAY and Explorer AU (28) could arrive on May 8th.

oceangloberace.com

Related Articles

Celebrating throughlines in sailing leadership
And the sailing world's newest hero Back in mid-March, Sail-World celebrated singlehanded American skipper Cole Brauer as the sailing world's newest hero. Now, I'm now happy to report that we have another sailing hero, albeit one who carries a British passport. Posted on 7 May
McIntyre Ocean Globe Race update
Translated 9 defeat the odds to finish They just kept coming! Nothing could, or would stop them. The McIntyre Ocean Globe has truly shown the depth of human stories over the past eight months and this story is a classic. Posted on 3 May
Translated 9 successfully completes the OGR 2023
Winning the first two legs and dominating the subsequent two until sustaining hull damage Winning the first two legs and dominating the subsequent two until sustaining hull damage, and managing to restart twice, Translated 9 provided everyone with unique emotional experiences and demonstrated the value of determination and resilience. Posted on 3 May
Finns and French finish Ocean Globe Race
Galiana WithSecure and Evrika excape the windhole 40nm from the finish line It was a long, painfully slow final two days to complete their circumnavigation. But, finally, Galiana WithSecure FI (06) and Evrika FR (07) crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line in a moody windless, moonlight Cowes arrival. Posted on 25 Apr
Triana & White Shadow finish Ocean Globe Race
Trinity Landing pontoon in Cowes was a busy spot Tuesday afternoon Trinity Landing pontoon in Cowes was a busy spot Tuesday afternoon with Triana FR (66) SWAN 53 and White Shadow ESP (17) SWAN 57 finishing the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race after 48 days of racing. Posted on 24 Apr
Maiden wins the Ocean Globe Race 2023-2024
First all-female crew to win a Round the World Race On Tuesday 16 April 2024, in a brisk northerly breeze the iconic yacht and her young all female crew from around the world crossed the finishing line at 1152hrs completing the 4th and final leg of the Ocean Globe Race. Posted on 22 Apr
Maiden wins McIntyre Ocean Globe
IRC win official! The first ever all-women crew to win an around the world yacht race Maiden UK has taking first in IRC handicap rankings against a 14 strong fleet of very experienced and committed sailors. They have also been written into the history books as the first ever all-women crew to win an around the world yacht race. Posted on 22 Apr
Maiden comes full circle!
7 months, 28,674 nm sailed and 154 days at sea Over the past 7 months Maiden has sailed 28,674 nm and 154 days at sea, crossing the finish line in Cowes at 1152hrs on Tuesday 16th April 2024. Posted on 20 Apr
First six OGR finishers all Whitbread veterans
Whitbread yacht Outlaw AU (08) crosses the finish line at 13:39 UTC to claim the Adelaide Cup Former Whitbread yacht Outlaw AU (08) crosses the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes finish line at 13:39 UTC, 18th April after 43 days at sea ranking 6th in line honours and IRC for Leg 4. Posted on 18 Apr
Maiden does it again in Mcintyre Ocean Globe
Whitbread history comes full circle with Maiden's triumphant return home to the UK! Whitbread history comes full circle with maiden's triumphant return home to UK! Posted on 16 Apr
PredictWind - Wave Routing 728x90 BOTTOMC-Tech 2020 Battens 2 728x90 BOTTOMNorth Sails Performance 2023 - FOOTER