Criterion Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 1

Monday 21st August, 0700 - First Night Drama

Monday August 21st 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
It’s been an incident filled night for the fleet. The Army entry, Redcoat, was the first to have a problem yesterday evening. Crewman Andy Brown badly injured his back, and was unable to continue racing. Redcoat returned to the Solent so that he could be taken off, and Andy is in Newport hospital this morning, where his condition is being assessed. The rest of the crew is considering whether to return to the race.

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.

For a map of the latest positions, click here.

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.

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