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Völlig überraschend tauchte in den frühen
Morgenstunden (4 h) Bertrand de Broc im Hafen von Brest auf. Der Skipper des
60-Fuss Multihulls "Banque Covefi" meldete keine Havarie oder sonstigen Schäden
an Bord. In einer Radiomeldung von France Info, ist de Broc von den Ereignissen
Franck Cammas und Jean Le Cam so stark beindruckt, dass er sogar künftig nicht
mehr einhand segeln möchte.
A: At the end of the day you have to look at statistics.
How did it happen? We were running under shy spinnaker reaching speeds of 23 knots. I was steering and pulled on the wheel to correct the boat and all of a sudden the rudder broke off under the hull and drifted off into the ocean. I thought the rig had come down [due to the bang] and leaped for the other wheel and leaped [back] for the other wheel. I felt nothing and the crew yelled at me that the rudder was gone. The boat rounded up into a violent broach and the code 3 spinnaker flogged itself to death. [...]
Better go on deck. I have been banned from steering again for the rest of this trip. Ross Field
4 February 2002 -- [...] illbruck has gained a reputation for being solid, dependable and conservative in their approach, waiting for others to take the gambles. But for a few hours, John Kostecki clearly gave his crew free rein to send the green machine galloping through the iceberg-strewn ocean at breakneck pace. To some, this might appear as reckless as Han Solo launching the Millennium Falcon into hyperspace in the midst of an asteroid field, but this time fortune has favoured the brave.
3 February 2002 - Despite the relentless dangers of the Southern Ocean, big seas, freezing temperatures and icebergs the size of a small island, illbruck have been putting their foot to the floor and gaining some miles.
In only six hours the lean green racing machine covered 126 miles – and it was night time.
Sitting in a puddle of water as he typed on board, Richard Clarke was clearly pleased with their progress. “At times in this race it pays to throttle back and save the gear but last night we were in a groove and we let it all hang out. It paid nicely as we find found ourselves in the lead and extending a bit.”
Travemünde nicht vergessen!
Even Volvo Ocean Race crews get seasick
"Yacht des Jahres"
5 January 2002 -- At just 2,050 miles, Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race was by no means the longest leg of the event.
[...] Neal McDonald clearly enjoyed winning the Sydney-Hobart Race but regretted not being able to savour the moment for longer. The general consensus seemed to be that a 24-hour stopover would have been ideal, with the race counting as a leg in its own right. Departing so soon after their arrival was a bittersweet moment for the victorious crew of ASSA ABLOY. Grant Dalton sympathised with the mixture of emotions they must have felt. “It’s a bit like pushing your mother-in-law off a cliff in your own car,” he suggested.
Email from Jez Fanstone
Position report at
2 January 2002 0440 GMT
Just over two days to go with the leading two boats looking hard to catch unless there is a big hole waiting for them, it has happened before. Yacht racing is definitely not over until the fat lady sings. We are ready for any windows of opportunity that should open up for us. See you all in Auckland
Anthony "Nocka" Bennett Nossiter
[...] We now have three Australians on the boat for this leg, myself (Nock), Ratty [David Blanchfield] and Spike [Peter Doriean]. These are all nicknames of course... no Aussie goes by a real name. Ratty had a bad experience the other day on the bow. We were changing jibs in 30 knots and in a big seas. He was getting plenty of air as the bow flew out the water over each wave. He launched off a mother wave, went under the next one, and got the largest 'weggy' a man has ever had. One leg either side of the forestay and al lot of force into it. The rat did a bit of damage to his 'family jewels' and needed to rest for eight hours. I do hope the poor fella isn't firing 'blanks' after the incident. I hear he wants a tribe of kids in the near future with his lovely misses of Amer Sports Too (the girls Volvo Ocean Race entry in this race), Katie Pettibone. [...]
Must nap now
Gigantic Vacuum Cleaner to Starboard!
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