On 8 November 2006, Brit Ross Hobson was leading his class in the Route
du Rhum, when his catamaran Mollymawk (renamed Ideal Stelrad for the race)
capsized in horrendous weather, 2000 miles from land. Ross endured eight
hours alone in the darkness of the upturned hull, in the middle of the
Atlantic Ocean, unaware that Falmouth Coastguard and MRCC Norfolk had
organised a major search and rescue operation. At 2am on 9 November, the
freighter Carmen homed in on Mollymawk’s EPIRB and, after an incredible
demonstration of ship handling skill in very rough seas, got Ross onboard.
Mollymawk was left behind, but amazingly has now been found! This week
she was discovered nestling on Eleuthera Island beach in the Bahamas;
250 miles east of Miami, Florida and 2000 miles west of her capsize. Sadly,
but not surprisingly, she is damaged beyond repair. Photo Sonia Johannesson.