VDH makes Hobart

After two weeks under jury rig

Thursday January 23rd 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Since Adrien's dismasting on 6 January while more than half way into her attempt on the solo non-stop round the world record westabout, Jean-Luc van den Heede has now made landfall in Tasmania.

For the last few days van den Heede, a veteran of multiple Vendee Globes and BOC Challenges has nursed his stricken 26m yacht out of the Southern Ocean under jury rig (see above) comprising the boom and storm jib.

Somewhat at the mercy of the elements, VDH was making for first Melbourne and then New Zealand before opting for Hobart. Here resides his old BOC Challenge sparring partner Don MacIntyre. MacIntyre arrange for the 35m Sir Hubert Wilkins to tow Adrien the final miles into port.

"MacIntyre was to Adrien at daybreak but the conditions were too bad and the sea state too large sea to hook up the tow," said VDH. "I therefore continued under sail are 5 knots under my storm jib until 1200 (local) when I reached a bay and in the more protected waters could set up the tow without problems. We spent a a few hours in the pretty bay, had a good meal and a good bottle to celebrate the arrival on board of Dave Pryce."

Adrien is now moored up in Hobart VDH having been through immigrant and heading for his first bubble bath since leaving France in early October.

After a few hours of rest, VDH will concentrate on his first objective to get back to France. It is likely that it will be shipped. At present he still cannot explain by the carbon fibre foot of the mast failed.

At the moment he is not thinking about another attempt - this was his second go at Philippe Monnet's record. But knowing VDH - he has the boat, the determination and after a few months ashore he always gets itchy feet.

Adriene under tow

VDH - more beardy than normal...

Broken mast

Broken boom

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