Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - LEADERBOARD

MacArthur hits container, repairs major damage & races on!

by King Fisher Media on 3 Feb 2001
KINGFISHER SUSTAINS SERIOUS DAMAGE BUT IS BACK UP TO SPEED 48 HOURS LATER


Source: Kingfisher Challenges

The Vendée Globe Race HQ were informed this morning by Kingfisher Challenges that 24yr old British skipper Ellen MacArthur (Kingfisher), currently holding second place in the race,
had sustained significant damage late on Tuesday evening when she sailed in to a solid object, suspected to be a semi-submerged container. After two days of work, she has been able
to get back in the race. This morning's position report actually put ŒKingfisher¹ 79 miles behind PRB, matching him for speed and heading and, having pulled back 3 miles since
yesterday afternoon, Ellen was 2438 miles from the finish.

Just before sunset Tuesday evening, Ellen was suddenly thrown forward as ŒKingfisher¹ was brought to a grinding halt whilst sailing upwind at 11 knots - the noise of ripping carbon
being the first frightening sound as the 60 foot racing machine lurched, injured, over the object. Ellen's first thoughts: 'It was a gut wrenching sound...I've relived it many times over
since in my mind.' The port dagger board was destroyed, and port rudder damaged but not seriously.

Forty eight hours, a lot of hard work, sweat and tears later, and Ellen has Kingfisher sailing at close to full potential once again - but unquestionably one of the toughest moments of the
race for a very tired skipper at this point. Removing the damaged remains of the board, manhandling the other board out of its housing from one side to the other, with hours of DIY on
the way to make it work upside down on the opposite side. Incredibly, the distance lost to the leader during this time, was only 30 miles.

Ellen's outlook on the remainder of this marathon race: 'For sure with the problems we've had, there is a loss of performance, but very much in my own mind, the race is still on. I'm
looking ahead at Mich and at the guys behind, and I promised myself I wouldn't give up until we passed that finish line.'

This dramatic news has been kept private until this point for two reasons. Firstly Ellen's desire to get the boat back to 100% again before admitting to what was a big setback. Secondly
to allow Ellen to recuperate a little before sharing in detail one of the toughest periods of the race so far.

The daggerboards are an essential part of an Open 60 setup when sailing upwind - with a swing keel, the daggerboard acts as lateral resistance. Kingfisher's daggerboards are
assymetric, almost 4 metres long and weight over 70 kgs; necessary to take the excessive loads put on them when sailing upwind. The board was designed such that in the case of an
impact like this it should break first, rather than break the boat ­ an important success from a design point of view. They were also designed to be used in an emergency the other way
up - like now, although not without a fair bit of work to make it possible. Likewise, the damage to the tip of the rudder was controlled by the sacrificial part at the bottom of the blade. It
is structurally sound and with a very small performance effect.

Full story, images and audio files on Kingfisher Challenges website http://www.kingfisherchallenges.com and available from: info@kingfisherchallenges.com

All the news and images on the official race website http://www.vendeeglobe.com

Related Articles

Zhik collaborates with LawConnect Super Maxi
For 3 year Sydney to Hobart campaign Australia's innovative technical apparel brand Zhik is delighted to announce they have partnered with Christian Beck's 'LawConnect', the Australian based Super Maxi, for the next three seasons.
Posted on 1 Dec
Ingrid Abery 2020 Calendar
Twenty-five dramatic regatta images hand-picked for your pleasure! Ingrid Abery has hand-picked twenty-five dramatic J-Class, modern and classic regatta images for your pleasure.
Posted on 1 Dec
PoFSA gives cheque to Roseland Youth Sailing Trust
Sailing donation helping to change young peoples lives The Port of Falmouth Sailing Association was able to present a cheque this week to the Roseland Youth Sailing Trust after raising funds throughout 2021 for the charity.
Posted on 1 Dec
Rooster Brand Ambassador Applications Now Open!
It's the moment you've all been waiting for... It's the moment you've all been waiting for... It's time to open up applications for the 2022 Rooster Brand Ambassador opportunities!
Posted on 1 Dec
Entries open for 2022 ORC Worlds in Sardinia
A large fleet is expected for the event Entries for the 2022 ORC World Championship are now officially open. The event will be organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and is scheduled to take place from 22 to 30 June 2022.
Posted on 1 Dec
RYA joins the Diversity in Maritime Charter
The RYA is the national governing body for all forms of boating including yacht cruising. Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the maritime sector, has welcomed the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) as the latest organisation to join the Diversity in Maritime Charter.
Posted on 1 Dec
Dalin and Meilhat crowned IMOCA Champions 2021
The dominant force in the IMOCA Class this year They may have finished in second place in the Transat Jacques Vabre to LinkedOut, but no one can doubt that Charlie Dalin and Paul Meilhat on APIVIA have been the dominant force in the IMOCA Class this year and today they were crowned IMOCA Champions.
Posted on 1 Dec
Elan Yacht's new Highly Anticipated Yacht
Elan Yacht's new Highly Anticipated Yacht is Revealed to be a 47 ft Elan E6 Recently, Elan Yachts started teasing the world of sailing with a new project.
Posted on 1 Dec
Medway Yacht Club Cruiser Autumn Series 2021
Attracting a total of 22 entries including visitors from Greenwich and Ramsgate The popular, season closing Autumn Series returned over six Sundays from 24th October to 28th November. After last year's event was curtailed after only two completed races by the imposition of Covid Lockdown a full series was sailed in 2021.
Posted on 1 Dec
RS400 Winter Series at RNIYC day 4
The series is now twelve races in The Rockshore/ Bosun Bobs RS400 Winter Series continued last Sunday at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. The series is now twelve races in and has thrown up some surprises, twenty boats currently entered.
Posted on 1 Dec