Criterion Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 1
Next it was the turn of the Corby 35, First Knight, with double-handers Chris Mincham and Andrew Leslie aboard. Twenty three miles south-east of Portland Bill, they suffered one of every offshore racer’s nightmares. At 1230 this morning they were in collision with a merchant vessel. With First Knight holed and taking in water, the Coastguard was called and the yacht was towed into Weymouth. They had arrived safely at 0645 this morning, and both Mincham and Leslie were unhurt. The merchant vessel was reported to be the Rhine Master, registered in Antigua and Barbados. As with Redcoat, they are now considering their next move.
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Ross Hobson’s trimaran, Mollymawk, has also been having trouble with its new - and very hurriedly stepped - mast. Untested before yesterday’s start, the rigging is still stretching and settling in. The crew has headed into Sandown Bay, on the south-east side of the Isle of Wight, for repairs.