This morning Wharington explained, 'The mast has been broken in four places, that much we do know. As for the condition of the rest of the yacht until we get her on dry land we will be unable to comment.'
Now in Lady Baron Harbour, Skandia will shortly be lifted by crane onto a barge and shipped to Melbourne.
Wharington said, 'We are hoping that much of the damage is cosmetic, and that we will not have to address any structural issues. Only time will tell. We plan to have her back in Mornington by the end of play on Tuesday.'
Like many of the yachts racing in the 60th Hobart, Wharington's yacht was uninsured because of prohibitive premiums, in the order of AUS $7-800,000, being demanded for the supermaxi.
Wharington had already started building a new canting keel which was to have been installed after Skandia Geelong Week, so the loss of the existing keel is not as hurtful as it otherwise might have been.