The past 24 hours have been frustrating for yacht Heya following their steering problems yesterday.
Due to a series of mechanical troubles on a series of tugs, the crew are still at sea waiting for a tow. Whilst not in any immediate danger, the winds and waves are steadily pushing them to the North-West and further away from St.Lucia. ARC yachts Chellers and White Sands have been providing communications relays, whilst alternative tugs are located.
It is hoped that a tug will be able to reach Heya by late
today (Sunday 16th).
In other ARC news, our roving reporter has today learned of a dramatic sea rescue involving the crew of J42 Jemina. Norm and Sue on board ARC Finish Line yacht, Clara of Tollesbury, heard the frightening tale as Jemima
arrived in St.Lucia. Then, no sooner had the crew tied up, and the news reverberated like a shock wave around Rodney Bay Marina.
Jemima Duck, a stuffed but nonetheless valued member of Jemima's crew, had been washed overboard in a violent squall and the accompanying heavy seas the previous day. Immediately, skipper Greg Hoar, initiated the DOB procedure (duck overboard) and the remaining crew went into action. After 20 minutes of frantic battle with the elements, and against all odds, Jemima Duck was pulled safely back on board. Shocked, and a little ruffled, she was too soggy to talk to our reporter, but was happy to pose with the crew for this picture. She is now recuperating in a hammock on the foredeck of Jemima on A Dock.
Everyone knows that the Germans are keen on recycling, and Herbert, Horst, Hans and Helmut, the alliteratively named crew of yacht Baer 2, are no exceptions. Throughout their voyage, the crew retained all their beer cans, stringing them together in a beer-can lifeline (or should that be larger-line) around the boat. Unfortunately the elements took their toll and only 250 of the 400+ cans made it to St.Lucia. The crew are now reported to be working hard to fill the gaps.