Daggerboard damage for Ichi Ban

Matt Allen's Jones 70 wounded in today's Rolex Trophy Passage Race

Saturday December 20th 2008, Author: Lisa Ratcliff, Location: United Kingdom
In a 20-25 knot southeast breeze, CYCA Commodore Matt Allen’s Jones 70 Ichi
Ban had its Rolex Trophy Passage Race to Botany Bay cut short after
sustaining damage to one dagger board just six days out from the start of the
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Ichi Ban, which was leading the Passage Series fleet at the time, is now on its
way to the super yacht marina at Rozelle where it will be hauled out of the
water so the damage can be properly assessed.

“We tacked and heard a big crack as a block exploded, then one of the (dagger)
boards went down too far, beyond its stopper,” said Allen this afternoon.

“We started taking water, it was just a trickle, nothing a couple of buckets won’t
fix,” he added while motoring back to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
following their race retirement.

“We’ll have to take the boat out of the water, dry it and grind out the cracks. We
have a guy ready to fix the board and the centreboard casing and hopefully
tomorrow we can put the carbon in.

“I don’t think there is any major damage to the hull, but we’ll know more when
we get her out of the water,” Allen added.

During last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Ichi Ban’s port rudder blade snapped
however they managed to nurse the 70 footer to the finish line and hold onto
third over the line.

Since then Ichi Ban has gone to the super yacht marina in Rozelle to have the damage inspected properly.

“It’s a little setback in our Hobart campaign – but it’s repairable,” said Allen this
afternoon. We hope to have the damage repaired over the next two days and have Ichi
Ban back in the water on Tuesday. Naturally the crew was a little disappointed but they are working with me as well as the team that are fixing the daggerboards and centreboard casing. I just hope the weather is on our side to finish the repairs,” said Allen.

The final results for today’s Rolex Trophy passage race in the IRC division were
Peter Harburg’s Black Jack first, Andrew Short’s ASM Shockwave 5 second
and Leslie Green’s Ginger third.

These three also took out the top three positions in the PHS Division with only
one slight change in the placings - Ginger was second and ASM Shockwave 5
third.

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