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Today Alex made the difficult decision to delay leaving the UK to join his boat HUGO BOSS in the Cape Verde Islands as originally planned. Alex’s baby son Oscar who was born 3 days ago on the 7 January has been diagnosed with a heart condition called coarctation of the aorta. Both parents will remain with their young son in Southampton General Hospital while further tests are carried out this week. A further update will be made later this week when more detailed information is available.

Wünsche, dass alles gut wird!

BWR – Jan.10: Summary of the day


Neutrogena liegt zur Zeit auf Platz 7 und ist gut dabei.
„Président“ des Franzosen Jean Le Cam läuft nach Mastbruch die Kapverden an.
Die zweitplatzierte „Foncia“ mit Michel Desjoyeaux plant einen Reparaturstopp in Brasilien.

Jean Le Cam (FRA) President:
„It happened at about 1900 hrs, so it wasn’t yet dark. There were 20-25 knots of wind and we slammed into a wave. We were under gennaker, but it was nothing exceptional. How and why it happened, I’ve no idea. It wasn’t really as if we were digging into a wave. We just slammed into it. It had already happened twenty times before.
As we hit the wave, we heard a cracking sound. It was all over in two seconds. You start to look up and it’s already over. I’ve no idea what really happened.
I was at the helm and Bruno at the nav station on stand-by.
The mast fell forwards. It just snapped. I can’t really say any more than that. It must have broken in several pieces.
After that there’s always the same worry. You want to avoid damaging the hull. We had to get it all out of the way as quickly as possible. We cut the halyards and everything else away and got rid of it to make sure the boat was clear. Then we started up the engine immediately.“

Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA), Foncia:
„The bow of Foncia is damaged. The lower part of the bow there is a foam section better known as the crash box. It is laminated to the hull covered with several layers of carbon.
Sunday while on the bow we noticed that there was no carbon on the foam anymore. Foam is green and the carbon is black. The difference is obvious.
There is not much that we can do about it from here. The foam section is still whole from what we can see, it is our bumper. It is impossible to complete the rest of the course like this, both in terms of safety and performance.
The crash box is there just in case of hitting an unidentified floating object, and behind it is the proper structural bow, but that is not good at sustained high speeds. Our choice is to replace this ‘fuse’.
We discovered this just before the Cape Verde islands, but by then it was too late to react. We can take the risk to push on to the Brazilian coast and waste less time But we have been at around 17 knots averages for three days. Considering the volume of water which is pushed under the bow in these we did not fancy sticking our heads down any closer!

Edinburgh to Skye

thx Hartmut

Moth Worlds – Day 1


Nur die Harten kommen in den Garten

Wintertraining mit der E-Jolle vor Sonderburg

thx Lutz

luscious friday


„Polar Bear’s visit was great, but this was a time when I was young and crazy.“ Ragnar Thorseth


wing on foils

Will this be the end of sailmakers?!?

DesTopNews 2011-01

Gibraltar “Was wir gerade durchmachen gehört wohl zum Schlimmsten, was wir je erlebt haben: Wir kommen einfach nicht gegen die gegen uns stehende Strömung in der Straße von Gibraltar an, denn der Wind ist einfach zu schwach. Wir haben es an der Nordküste versucht und probieren jetzt die Südküste. In den letzten 24 Stunden konnten wir keine einzige Meile nach Westen gut machen. Aber es ist beruhigend nun Dee Caffari und Anna Corbella in Sichtweite zu haben, die mit denselben Problemen zu kämpfen scheinen. Gestern hatten wir die Chance, hier weg zu kommen – aber haben sie um etwa eine halbe Stunde verpasst. “Mirabaud” überholte uns in der Straße, nahm eine geringfügig andere Route – und kam durch. Kurz danach schloss sich das Wind- und Strömungsfenster, durch das sie geschlüpft waren. Nun sitzen wir hier fest. Das ist frustrierend und hart. Wenn nicht bald Wind kommt, könnten wir für länger hier fest sitzen – und das ist beängstigend.”