PHOTO Broken tree, cruise over for this Southern Wind 100

 

Nasty mishap for the crew and owners of this Southern Wind 100 (30 m of boat): broken tree, vacation over. And luckily no one was hurt.

Boat, given the presence of a nice breeze between 12kt and 15kt, was sailing with the mainsail hoisted and was in the process of unfurling the genoa when, all of a sudden, the left vertical rigging gave way, due to a sharp fracture in the luff. The tree then snapped above the first cross, falling downwind,

The rigging had been overhauled in 2020, and the part that failed, which was in no way inspectable, should have been overhauled in 2025. Then as can be seen from the photos, the classic repair was made by placing the fallen log leaning against the sickle bar.

Unfortunate mishap for this 100-footer that boasts in its palmares a round-the-world race as well as participation in one of the most prestigious offshore races: the Rolex Sydney Hobart.


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