Posts Tagged ‘wreck’
Some raw video of the aftermath of a particularly nasty wreck yesterday in Italy, where Bavaria 50 Dipiú got tossed on a rocky jetty after losing their engine on final approach to Rimini Harbour. 4 dead including the owner and his daughter, and a deeply sobering lesson that clearly must continue to be beaten into sailors’ stubborn skulls. SA’er ‘dolphin60′ translates and paraphrases Italian news reports:
The yacht left Marina di Ravenna harbour in uncertain conditions. The boat had completed some refitting at a boatyard at the marina days before. That same day the boatyard manager was supposed to ferry a sailboat somewhere along the coast, but he quickly changed his mind when the first gusts hit. He then called the skipper of the damaged boat, which had already set sail, to try and convince him to turn back. He answered that he was experiencing rather rough conditions but he expected the wind to abate in the next three hours so he was comfortable to press on.
The skipper later contacted Rimini harbour, asking for a berth. He was relaxed and even joked with the harbourmaster, whom he had met before. The harbourmaster assigned the sailboat a berth, and a man tasked with assisting the yacht in berthing followed its approach to the harbour entrance. He said that the vessel was proceeding without apparent problems and was about to enter when the engine stopped working. The crew then tried to raise a sail but a very steep 5 meter wave picked the boat and smashed it against the break water.
The day of the accident a low pressure system was rapidly transiting over northern Italy. Strong northerly winds had been forecast. The yacht was heading south in would have been a swift reach along the eastern coast of Italy, by all means a lee shore. The “bora” northeasterly wind is well known and respected by all those who sail the Adriatic sea. It can set suddenly with gusts reaching F11 that create a very short and steep sea.
Later that evening two ferry boats from Greece heaved to outside Ancona harbour for two hours waiting for the conditions to improve.
The skipper was a 68 year old retired professional. At least one of the crew, a 64 year old who also perished, was experienced, having just completed a RTW cruise on another boat. Of the two survivors, one, a 39 year old man, was found unscathed inside the boat, the other, a 68 year old man, was picked from the water one hour later, hypotermic but is now rapidly recovering in hospital.
The boat is a Bavaria 50 Cruiser, registered under Monfalcone (ITA) Port Authority, usually moored in Marina di Ravenna, named Dipiù.
Italian Coast Guard, the morning after the event, reports four victims: E.M. (69), who completed a circumnavigation some years ago, A.F. (67), co-owner of the boat, his daughter A.F. (38), the first who fell overboard according with survivor description of the facts, and E.S. Two men – L.N. and C.C. – were recovered few moments after the event and lifted to the hospital in serious condition. C.C. is in recovery room.
Official investigation is underway, but it seems that the boat, with six crew members, most of them coming from Verona (Veneto, ITA), was sailing from Marina di Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna, ITA) to Trapani (Sicily, ITA) when, just after 40 nm, the crew opted to repair in Rimini harbour to the severe worsening of the weather conditions. According with media info, the engine went out of service and the crew had no time to set sails so the boat grounded hard on the main harbour jetty, close to the famous Rock Island bar, losing the keel and after few minutes was capsized and dismasted by the imposing waves. From the picture where the boat has still the mast, it seems that the crew deployed the staysail as ultimate attempt to avoid the impact.
At the sunset, Coast Guard, Fire Department and all the other law enforcements, whose intervention activated by some observers was timely, were still looking for the survivors, using also two helicopters. They found the bodies of the victims early the morning after the event close to the destroyed hull of the boat.
Having come to know about the loss of the four crew members, Michele Capra, friend of the owner and Bavaria dealer in the harbor of Marina di Ravenna released a few declarations. He said he met the crew yesterday, since Dipiú was moored next to a boat that Capra had to move to a close shipyard, transfer that eventually he didn’t do because of the extremely adverse weather conditions. He said he advised the crew not to leave, being answered that weather forecasts were advers just for few hours, and the six left Marinara Harbor. When gusts became even stronger, Capra called A.F., owner of the boat, who said: “There are big waves and we are already a few miles away from Ravenna. Weather should be improving so we are going to go on”. “I should have done more to convince them – Capra regrets.
Cino Ricci, skipper of Azzurra, first Italian challenger to the America’s Cup and very experienced seaman, told Italian media that “A double mistake was made yesterday: First, you don’t leave harbor under those conditions and forecast. The passage to Sicily was a long one; waiting a day to depart doesn’t make much of an impact. Second, once you are out in a boat of that size, get offshore a few miles where the waves usually aren’t breaking. Nothing will happen there. Here the mistake was to choose the coastal route rather than staying offshore. Then, the decision to seek refuge in Rimini signed the end of the journey – the entrance to the harbour in downwind conditions gets complicated.”
April 20th, 2017 by admin
Sinking, dismasted – basically, fucked! That’s the Hugo Boss as shot by the Spanish Salvamento Maritimo crew who winched the IMOCA duo to safety. First look at the boat is a screenshot from the video – complete with random rockin’ soundtrack – of the rescue, shot from the sky.
Jump in the discussion thread here.
October 31st, 2015 by admin
BREAKING NEWS (courtesy of 9news NSW):
Two bodies have washed up on a beach north of Newcastle following the disappearance of a yacht.
The bodies were found at Birubi Beach on Friday afternoon, along with a fuel tank and a dinghy believed to be from the vessel.
A boat went missing when it was heading from Broken Bay to Port Stephens late on Thursday night.
Know more? Thread.
September 4th, 2015 by admin
It’s hard to argue with a serial number, and this one starting with “VO65″ does indeed dispel any doubts that the debris discovered washed up on Reunion comes not from the lost flight MH370, but from the broken-off ass-end of the Vestas Wind wreck. Whodathunkit? Thread here, with props to SA’er geekatlrg for the find on Reddit.
August 12th, 2015 by admin
In 2006, the Pindar team launched the most powerful Open 60 ever built – a title the boat would never relinquish. Unfortunately for Mike Sanderson (for whom the boat was designed and built) and later Alex Thomson, the boat was never a contender. Too powerful and draggy, too hard to sail, and too physically demanding for even the strongest IMOCA men, Pindar was plagued by drama, failure, and weak results.
Even in the hands of Alex Thomson, the JuanK boat was a dog (imagine that, a JuanK boat being a dog), relegated to corporate and PR sailing duty while Alex and his team sourced other boats for his racing. And while losing a racing boat is never a good thing, we have to say that the world may be a better place without more JuanK grand prix boats around. The embattled Argentine has to be relatively happy with this calamity; at least this one didn’t break in half, lose a keel, or kill anyone. More on the wreck from Alex Thomson management team 5West boss and long time Anarchist Stew Hosford:
The boat had been laid up in LA since the end of a tour last year for our sponsor, and we chartered the boat to a new IMOCA team in Europe to who were going to enter this winter’s Barcelona World Race. Our team were bringing her back to Europe via Panama for a re-fit when TS Odile started to appear in the Pacific. We had worked out a number of stopping-off points in case of hurricanes with the team securing her in Cabo San Lucas well in advance of the hurricane strike, and given the forecasts, it was a massive shock to the team, city, and nation when the storm intensified into a hurricane and bore straight down on Cabo.
By all accounts, the storm was brutal; “The End of the Earth”, as locals called it, shocked the entire region, and the morning after the storm hit, the picture you see above is what greeted our delivery team. The boat was remarkably still in her berth, but took serious damage from flying debris and boats that had come loose, floating around while still attached to big chunks of dock and pontoon.
For the first few days, the team used what they could salvage – freeze dried food, water, diesel, and satphones – to help locals near the marina. But without comms, electricity, or any way to get off the peninsula, the situation began to deteriorate badly into the looting and later, military response that’s been widely reported. It rapidly became a crisis situation for us, and the guys on the ground somehow managed to get a small plane out of Cabo and return safely to the states.
So now what? To be honest, it is not clear; while we are used to dealing with crisis at sea, this is something of a new problem for us. The boat is most definitely not seaworthy and remains tied to her slip, but until the local government gets control over security and infrastructure, there’s not much we can do besides work on a plan for what happens next. Given the intensity of the hurricane, the loss of life and property, and the fact that there are many people still trapped there, it is a stark reminder of what can quickly go wrong. Everyone here has great hopes for the people still on the ground, and we wish them all the best of luck.
September 21st, 2014 by admin