Jersey Clipper sustains damage

En route to the start of the Clipper round the world race

Friday October 18th 2002, Author: Loretta Spridgeon, Location: Transoceanic
Jersey Clipper, one of the eight-strong international fleet of round the world yachts, has sustained damage en route to Liverpool for the start of the Clipper 2002 Race.

On approaching Holyhead Marina in the early hours of Friday, 18 October for a scheduled refuelling stop, Jersey Clipper fouled her propeller and the sustained damage is under assessment. Jersey Clipper, skippered by Johnathan Brockhouse (33), is safely alongside in the Marina where a full engineering survey will be conducted.

The Clipper 2002 fleet are scheduled to arrive in Liverpool's Albert dock at 10:30 on Saturday, 19 October for the final week of preparations before the grand race start on Sunday, 27 October.

Once a full assessment of damage has been accomplished and the necessary repairs affected, Jersey Clipper will depart Holyhead and it is planned for the 60-foot yacht to rejoin her seven ocean-racing rivals early next week in Liverpool’s Albert Dock.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, chairman of the Clipper 2002 Race, said: "First and foremost, we can confirm that everyone is safe and that the yacht is in a good location. It is hoped that the engineering damage will be fixed fairly quickly, allowing Jersey Clipper to rejoin the others in Liverpool as soon as possible.

"It is not yet known what fouled the propeller, but this is always a hazard and especially in coastal waters. I have every confidence in the Jersey Clipper skipper and crew; they have impressed everyone with their thorough preparations."

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