Sunday, June 24, 2007

Van Isle 360 Yacht Race News

The following update is posted on the official Van Isle Race website:

June 24, 2007 - 1224 HRS. - White Cloud, the Cookson 40, from Seattle Wa. hit a rock at the start this leg off Kains Island. The impact was hard and the boat sustained enough damage to start taking on water. Many of crew sustained minor injuries but all are safe. Two coast guard vessels, the Tanu and Vector, who were in the vicinity were on the scene immediately and offered assistance.

White Cloud motored back into Winter Harbour, where Trent Gumley, shore support crew for another race boat dove on the vessel to assess the damage. Minor repairs were made and White Cloud is currently motoring to Ucluelet.

The wind at the start was a light south west breeze of approximately 5 knots. Three boats were over early but all returned to restart.

The fleet is currently making their way to Ucluelet....More news to follow....

The 'provisional' finish of this race is Jun 30 and Jly 1, back in Nanaimo.


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