Creighton's Naturally - not lost yet

Dramatic abandonment - but still hope that the boat will be saved

Wednesday November 8th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
The former Whitbread maxi boat Creighton's Naturally, now a charter yacht, gave its crew a little more adventure than they had planned for, after they were forced to abandon her in a storm off the Atlantic coast of Europe. Caught by the same weather system that has postponed the start of the Vendee Globe for four days, the crew were safely lifted off by helicopter in a joint rescue organised by the French and Spanish coastguard.

On Tuesday night the boat was still being driven quickly towards the Spanish coast, but a change in weather conditions has slowed her progress towards a grounding. Speaking from Germany on Wednesday morning, 8th October, her owner, Stuart Bowen-Davies, told madforsailing that she was still afloat with no major damage beyond broken steering gear, and he was trying to coordinate a rescue. The Spanish coastguard had told him that conditions were too rough to get a boat out to her and attach a tow today, but the wind was moderating, and only five to ten knots of breeze were expected tomorrow. Bowen-Davies added, 'I'm hopeful that she will be safely under tow tomorrow and will be saved.'

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