Tall tales from blustery Monday

Many, many retirements from racing - and not all of them voluntary

Tuesday August 7th 2001, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

Unforecast blustery conditions and winds of more than 30 knots against tide in the Solent today saw more than 170 yachts retire from racing. Among the class 0 and 1 boats were Richard Matthews' 12metre Crusader and John Caulcutt's ACC boat High Voltage.

- Island Fling, the suped up Swan 60 (formerly Highland Fling) disembarked a crewman with a suspected broken leg at the Red Funnel Terminal. He was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Newport by a waiting ambulance.

- Following a serious head injury Adrian Taylor was airlifted off the S&S 36 Acco racing in class 6 by HM Coastguard helicopter. He was flown to Lordshill in Southampton before being taken to Southampton General Hospital where he was X-rayed, his head stitched up and he was discharged.

However it was the smaller keel boats that found the conditions hard going.

- Caroline Peel's Redwing Redstart II broke her mast off Beaulieu. She was towed back to Cowes by a Royal Yacht Squadron launch. Because of the conditions the course for the Redwings was shortened.

- Lavinia Perry and her crew had to be rescued by RIB when their Daring Dreamer sank in the middle of the Solent.

- A wild broach following a gybe caused Dawson and Gareth Penn's Victory Dunlin to sink 200m off North Gurnard Ledge. The boat was not recovered, but the three crew were rescued. They hope to get a diver down to it on Wednesday.

- The Sonar Puff Pirate capsized with four crew on board. One, Martin Cheshire is disabled and was taken off by RNLI Lifeboat to the Red Funnel Pontoon and was taken by ambulance to St Mary's Hospital. Dennis Manning who was main sheet trimmer on board sailed the boat back to Cowes with two other crew...he is blind. Martin Cheshire says he will be going out racing again tomorrow and says that the incident was caused not by incompetence of gear failure, but because he reached for a Mars bar at the wrong moment!

And finally...
Greg Searle, the rowing Olympic Gold medallist who has changed sports to yachting by joining Peter Harrison's GBR Challenge was sailing on the IMS 50 United Airlines. It seems Searle has still to find his sea legs as yesterday he spent most of the day being seasick!

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