That was in spite of the moderate conditions — with a 12-14 knot southwesterly — and the mast being only 18 months old.
The damage wasn’t limited to the mast itself, as it gouged a hole in the top cabin of the Able Apogée 58 and threatened to hole the vessel’s hull.
But after a call to the coastguard, Aran Islands RNLI were on the way to escort the Lubimirs to the safety of Inis Mór and avoid a “potentially tragic” situation, as John puts it.
And while John sorts out the insurance claim, he’s being treated to the Aran Islands’ legendary hospitality.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.