Rob Greenhalgh: Damage to Oman Sail Renaissance

Rob Greenhalgh: Damage to Oman Sail Renaissance

Wednesday June 30 2010 Author: Greenhalgh Location: France

Back racing today, thanks to a great effort by Oman Sail Renaissance.

After a fine start in the Tour de France á la Voile, we were lying in third place prior to the first offshore leg to Calais. Unfortunately, shortly after the start we hit a sand back and got stuck aground for about six minutes as we watched the fleet sail away. Eventually, we got free but we then hit the top of an unmarked wreck, coming to a grinding halt from a boat speed of about seven knots! We knew we had damage, we could see some of it internally, but we were not taking in water and pressed on. The boat speed was still impressive and we managed to pull ourselves back up to 10th, as we crossed the finish line in Calais.

Anthony dived the boat as soon as we got to Calais. A chunk of lead from the front was gone and the fin and hull joint bonding was broken and when we craned her out the bulb was twisted on the fin. The jury allowed us to put it right but we have taken a penalty.

Getting the boat repaired was a big job, the whole team was up all night, everybody dug in deep and that was a big plus from the incident. Great solidarity, everybody was resolved to get the job done. The organisers are happy with our repair and although we have had to take a penalty for working on the boat, we are back in the race and determined as ever. Today, we have three inshore races. It looks like we will be in 12-16 knots, good wind conditions for us.

Everybody is happy and we have to learn from it and move on, the good point is that we were fast even with the damage.

best,

Robert

www.robertgreenhalgh.com

Comments

thats nasty! shame about the

thats nasty! shame about the penalty though, you'd of thought being damaged and getting stuck was enough wouldn't you? good luck for the rest of the event.

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  • 01/07/2010 - 16:11
    thats nasty! shame about the penalty though, you'd of thought being damaged and getting stuck was enough wouldn't you? good luck for the rest of the event.

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