A giant hand pulled us over...


24 hours after her dismasting SEB skipper Gunnar Krantz recounts what happened
I guess this is the toughest mail ever. Tears were not far away, when the whole thing 'was over', and we had a little time to reflect. It certainly is a sad day for the project and all individuals working so hard to do their best. The race for a top spot is over. We now have to concentrate on getting good results in on the legs and see how far it takes us. What has put us in this situation? Was it gear failure? No. Just too much wind at one stage in combination with really bad waves. Conditions were as hard as only one can imagine - snow storms and winds up to 48 knots in the squalls, really freaky waves as always down here. We had a storm chute, small jiffy reef in the main and a storm jib in the foil, just in case. The gradient wind varied from 28-32 knots. Conditions change from very hard to severe in just a few seconds. Pitch black, snow and the power of the wind just became too much. The spinnaker was rigged with a 'martin braker' [emergency release to trigger the shackle that holds the spinnaker at the spinnaker pole, can be operated from the deck]. We did not even have time to release the spinnaker with the 'martin braker' when the wind shift and strong gust with snow came in. We went flat on our side the wrong way and I believe, had the rig not broken, we could have totally submerged the boat. The big waves came in through the companionway. Remember the knock down of Amer Sports One? We have two companionways further apart, further outboard. The rig did not have a failure itself: it was a result of us being knocked over. We do

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