Skipper on GBR 1702 Scarlet Logic
Crew member Richard Walsh was safely transferred to the Kirkwall lifeboat at just before midnight on Friday night.
The weather moving in from the west had been of concern to us, to pass Sular Sgeir would now entail a beat in gale force conditions, compounding the already challenging conditions we were expecting. We feel that having called upon the assistance of the coastguard and RNLI it would be inappropriate to head back on to the race course at this stage.
Having studied the forecast, it seems that we would be waiting at least 48hrs to get a sensible weather window to round Sular Sgair, the later part of our race would then see very light winds, delaying our finish further.
We have taken the difficult but perhaps inevitable decision to retire from the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race. It has been a memorable race, with some fantastic and challenging sailing with a great team. We are very proud to have lead our class for such a long part of the race.
This race is over for us, we wish our fellow competitors safe and rewarding sailing for the remainder of the race, we will come back out fighting the next time!
We would like to thank the very professional Shetland coastguard, and the dedicated capable team aboard the Kirkwell RNLI Lifeboat for their invaluable assistance with getting Richard the quickest possible medical assistance.