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Malizia II’s Atlantic Challenge Knocked off Course by Crew Injury

6th September 2019
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Malizia II – having been well ahead of Hurricane Dorian, a crew injury has now delayed her near the storm’s track at St Pierre off southeast Newfoundland Malizia II – having been well ahead of Hurricane Dorian, a crew injury has now delayed her near the storm’s track at St Pierre off southeast Newfoundland

This week’s attempt by the Monaco-based Malizia II to set up a Transatlantic west-east record time for a fully-crewed IMOCA 60 with two Irish – Shane Diviney and Brian Carlin – in the crew of five, has been knocked off course by a crew injury which has necessitated a diversion on Day Three for medical assistance at St Pierre in southeast Newfoundland.

Fortunately the crew member – as yet un-named – is not seriously injured. But it has left Malizia’s delivery skipper Stuart Maclachlan and his shipmates on Malizia II in St Pierre with the problem of how to deal with Hurricane Dorian, which is moving steadily towards northwest Newfoundland along America’s east coast, and will be reaching Nova Scotia later today. Having seen the damage witch Dorian has done where it has hit land, there is no guarantee that the harbour at St Pierre will be totally sheltered.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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