“The crack went all the way across the deck and right down the hull to the keel,” said Gavin Brady in a phone interview with Radio NZ today. It’s hard to imagine more drama than that, and full kudos on some serious disaster management from Gavin and the team; this one is worth a listen.
Beau Geste wasn’t the only retirement after a brutal beating in the South Pacific; the Ker 40 “Icebreaker,” just launched in November, called the race committee with plans to head to the same island as Brady to inspect their keel bolts, while the Davidson 55 “Starlight Express” suffered mast and sail damage and were headed back to Auckland at last call. All in all, a damned expensive race – but thanks to quick thinking and a bit of luck, not a fatal one.
More information continues to trickle into the thread.