Crew member on GBR130 Imerys Clean Energy
Imerys Clean Energy
Unfortunately one of the things I dreaded the most has happened… We were
approaching the cold front and the wind was building so we made the
decision to change the spinnaker to the smaller Code 5 reacher… Just as we
all went on deck to make the change, the boat buried its bow in a wave and
the front of the spinnaker tore off completely. This then ripped off the
edge of the sail from top to bottom, which is a massive disappointment.
Fortunately everyone jumped on the situation positively to try and repair
it. The boat turned into a sail loft, with tape and glue absolutely
everywhere. The boys did a really good job and we hope to fly the repaired
kite very soon. Though I am confident that it will hold, you just never
really can be 100% sure…
There is quite a lot of wind at the moment so we are not suffering too
much, judging by the speeds of Corum I think their spinnaker also broke.
The whole question will be on whether this spinnaker will hold together.
One of the jokes on board is that even if it doesn’t and it blows apart
straight away, it has been a good team building exercise! Phil.