Mini Boat, Maxi Trouble
This is the report received from the Mini Carbon Neutral. in the Bermuda 1 2 race.
7 June 0930 – Around 1700 Friday my steering started to get really tough and
I noticed that my starboard rudder had broken off on the bottom gudgeon. As
I was on Port tack, I figured I could tack over and head back to Newport, at
this stage approximately 40 miles away. After I tacked over, the rudder
situation worsened as the broken rudder made the good one unbalanced and
that one broke in the same place. I was down to leeward checking this out
when the forestay parted and the mast came down just over my right shoulder.
Fast forward, I was able to rig my bowsprit as a sort of jury mast while you
guys were sorting out my options, but as I was doing this, I went over the
side as the boat was pitching pretty badly. I was clipped in so no big deal
except for the cold. Once the decision was made to wait it out and see what
I would be able to do in the morning, I tried to stay warm and kept trying
to notify my girlfriend and family of the situation as well as contact the
insurance company to see what they wanted me to do. At about 0500 Sat. a
cruising boat en route to Block I. sailed past and contacted USCG Montauk Pt.
to notify them of my position. I was in contact with them and my dad and
because of my being in a state of mild hypothermia, they decided to come out
and get me.
While they were towing me in, the boat filled with water and was
hauled immediately in Montauk. I think it might be a complete loss.
My family got me back late last night and now I’m faced with "What do I do
next?". The answer is "I don’t know" but like I said, I’m physically ok. How "ok" I am otherwise has yet to be determined.
PLEASE thank everyone who came to my aid, Williwaw, Curlew, Eko, Aggressive,
all of them. Not once did I feel stranded out there and it just galvanizes
how amazing this group of people really are.