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breaking bad

breaking bad

The old ORMA 60 Vodafone slipped through a small window in a developing low as she opened a huge lead on the Auckland-Noumea Yacht Race fleet yesterday, but the second-place boat, Karl Kwok’s sexy mini-maxi Farr 82 Beau Geste got caught behind that same system.  And last night, New Zealands Rescue Coordination Center got a phone call from the big Beau, reporting that the yacht had suffered damage to its decking and hull and was continuing to deteriorate, and asking for rescue. The boat has been fast since her 2009 launch, but this isn’t the first time there’s been crunching aboard…

A cargo ship has been diverted to rescue the crew, and the RCC has good comms with the yacht via satphone, and a look at the tracker shows that much of the fleet has diverted to Beau Geste – just in case.  Race staff are doing a nice job updating the many fans and family via Facebook.  And amidst the general worry for the crew, here’s a great story about historic Whitbread maxi Steinlager II and the race.  Check the thread for the news as it happens, and join us in sending our thoughts out to our friends on the water.  Pic from a couple years back from Sander Van Der Borch. Track here.