The Irish Sunfast 3600 Bam! (Conor Fogerty and Simon Knowles) has retired from the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race as of 1040 this morning, after breaking her second and only remaining masthead spinnaker halyard. Bam! was 55 miles west of Tory island, on course for St Kilda, making between 8 and 9 knots and holding her placing on sister-ships Game On and Tigris when the final breakage occurred reports W M Nixon.
With 1100 miles still to race, and at least half a day in a sheltered port with full facilities needed to effect a repair, the Howth crew really had no choice in the matter, as the other masthead halyard had broken during the night. They regretfully signalled their decision at 1100 hrs, and are now heading for a port on the north coast of Ireland.
“Put as simply as possible” said Conor Fogerty, “we’re gutted”.
Meanwhile, on-the-water leader Phil Sharp’s Class 40 Imerys Clean Energy is now well on her way along the St Kilda to Shetland islands stage, and is making 14 knots, while the two-Handed Division leader, the Figaro 2 El Velosolex (Benjamin Schwartz & Chen Jin Hao) is making 8.7 knots with 110 miles to go to St Kilda. The IRC handicap leader, Giles Redpath’s Lombard 46 Pata Negra, has just passed St Kilda, and is on a steady 11.6 knots towards the Shetlands.
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