In the early hours of Friday 9th June, 60 knot winds and 15 metre seas were experienced by competitors, caused by a very low depression (967 mb). These extreme conditions caused damage to many boats with 3 emergency beacons (EPIRB) triggered. The Canadian coastguard in Halifax immediately reacted to the situation sending ships and air support to all the boats in distress.
The boats affected over the past 36 hours are:
TAMARIND – Suffered severe damage. Skipper well with no injuries. Rescued by Queen Mary en route to Halifax.
HAPPY – Dismasted. Both crew rescued by ocean going tug APL FORWARD. No injuries reported.
FURIA – Boat sunk. Crew resuced by survey vessel THOR MAGNA. No injuries reported.
HARMONII – Mainsail and track damage. Retired. Heading under engine for the Azores. Skipper ok, no injuries.
SUOMI KUDU – Mainsail problems. Retired. Heading back to UK. Skipper ok, no injuries.
All other competitors safe but still experiencing a 10 – 15 metre swell, no injuries reported.
The RWYC would like to thank all personnel at the Halifax Coastguard for their immediate and magnificent response to this emergency situation. All seafarers owe them a debt of gratitude.