The ARC Control people really do a great job. Apart
from daily weather reports and position reports for all the yachts in the Rally,
they direct and assist rescues at sea. See report below. Well done the ARC
Control Team and the crew of GiGi.
FOR INFORMATION ONLY
12:30UTC 01-12-07 at position 18.59N 32.25W, yacht GiGi (119) picked
Mayday call from yacht Barbary Duck (not participating in the ARC), advising
that the crew were in a liferaft. GiGi immediately stopped racing to alter
course and assist the crew of the other yacht, approximately half a
nautical mile from them, and the two crew members on Barbary Duck were safely
brought on board.
The yacht had suffered broken deck chain-plates and was
in danger of dismasting. Without a functioning engine, the crew took the
precaution of abandoning their yacht, which has been left afloat, but with
masthead tricolour one.
Yacht Barbary Duck, 36 foot Westerly Corsair,
is now adrift heading approximately 265 degrees, last reported position 18
58.20N 032 31.818W at 13:00UTC 01-12-07.
GiGi has now resumed racing and
is on course once more for St.Lucia.
Had a great 24 hours, been on the same tack, same
gear, same wind, same course, same old same old.
Fishing line out for the first time this morning so
Crew all well and rested. We are running informal
watches during the day and Justin & I take 3 on 3 off for the dark hours.
Plenty of time to snooze during the day.
Hope something happens later that I can talk about