Goss arrives in Nova Scotia

Pete Goss is in good spirits on arrival in Halifax and gives his first account of the storm

Thursday December 14th 2000, Author: Ed Gorman, Location: United Kingdom
Pete Goss and the crew of Team Philips have arrived in Halifax Nova Scotia. Goss, together with crew members Andy Hindley, Graham Goff, Richard Tudor, Paul Larsen, Alex Bennett and Phil Aikenhead, docked in the early hours of Thursday after their five-day trip aboard the German container ship Hoechst Express.

The ever-cheerful Goss was said to be in "good spirits" and "glad to be on dry land". After telephoning their families, he and the crew then went into a press conference.

Goss was quoted as saying that they battled for eight hours to try to save Team Philips before deciding to abandon her. "A huge sea built up and we had to run for it," he told waiting reporters. "We were into survival mode. It was very, very sad having left her out at sea."

The embattled skipper went on to defend the project and the revolutionary design. "We were going into an unknown... and ultimately you don't know if it will or won't work," he said.

Goss' shore team in Southampton, meanwhile, is still tracking their catamaran out in the Atlantic although there seems to be increasing uncertainty about her condition and whether or not she was damaged during the rescue of the crew. One report has suggested that the boat came into contact several times with the Hoechst Express as the crew left the cat.

"Mission control are still able to plot the position of Team Philips which is still in the Atlantic," Goss's spokesman said. "We are unsure of the condition of her. More details of her condition will come later once we are able to speak to the crew in detail."

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