news for the Canada’s Cup winning Farr 40 Heartbreaker. The boat t is
at Eldeans Marina in Holland, Michigan where she was struck by lightning
Sunday evening when a big storm front moved through – the same front created
Tornado’s south of Chicago!
The mast was struck and subsequently fried all of the on board electronics
and compromised the ingress protection of the boat. The boat’s insurance
company has been out to inspect the boat and is suspect of the integrity
of the rig and will not insure for for both Property Damage or Personal
Liability if they decide to sail her . Heartbreaks is out for Chicago
NOODs – The owner has been feverishly trying to charter a M32, Farr 40
or an E22. No confirmation if he has found one yet. The probability of
Heartbreaker doing the Chi-mac is low. Heartbreaker had one of the original
rigs and the owner was looking to upgrade to a new rig anyway. It has
been rumored that when the hull ingress was compromised that allowed water
to collect in the boat and subsequently drench the carbon sails – with
the dehumidifier going at 120 V wet with no ground, the sails got electrocuted.
Would you like fries with that?