Team Philips Update

Mast damage not serious, says Goss

Monday October 9th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
On Friday last week, Team Philips returned to Dartmouth - less than 24 hours into her sea trials. The problem was excessive movement at the base of the port mast. The mast is a freestanding, rotating rig, and the bearing it sits on is subject to enormous loads. But the crew stabilised the movement with ropes, and returned to Dartmouth - slowly.
Once back in the marina, they had to retrace their steps back up the river to Goss Composites in Totnes, where at high water, a crane was booked for Saturday to lift the masts out of the boat. Team Philips then returned to Dartmouth, while the team began to inspect the damage. The initial diagnosis is that the problem is much less serious than first thought, and, 'does not effect the structural integrity of the mast'. The team reckon at this stage that the repair is relatively straightforward. As always, we'll keep you posted as we learn more.

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