40 knot knock-down for CQS

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Day 10 Race Update: 1100 UTC 04 December 2017  

2017 rtr cqs closestern jmBack on track after 40 knot knock-down - Ludde Ingvall's Australia Maxi CQS © RORC/James Mitchell

Ludde Ingvall’s CQS suffered a setback in the RORC Transatlantic Race:

“We got caught in a bad squall of probably 40 knots which resulted in a number of issues,” Ingvall reported from on board on day 10 of the race. “There has been damage to sails and onboard electronic systems, but we are still progressing towards the finish.” Kenneth Thelen, co-skipper for Australian Maxi CQS confirmed that all of the crew of the 96ft canting keel Maxi were safe and well. Describing the damage he said: “Part of our electronics failed, making it hard to sail in the dark. We blew our biggest spinnaker, but it is repairable. As we went into a gybe the engine stalled and we lay flat on our side for a while which resulted in a diesel spill inside the boat, so the smell is terrible in the heat! We broke the top three battens in the mainsail, but we are still sailing towards the finish at reasonable speed, in pouring rain. We will assess the situation at first light.”

At 1100 UTC on December 4th, the race tracker showed that CQS had slowed down to barely a few knots of boat speed to effect repairs. “We are back on track,” continued Ingvall. We lost about six hours while sailing slowly and then stopped to repair probably at 90-95%, but we are now doing 14-15 knots average with G1 and a full main.”

2017 rfr pressconf ludde pwLudde Ingvall Co-Skipper of CQS © Paul Wyeth

At the time of the incident CQS was more than 400 nautical miles ahead of Jochen Bovenkamp's Marten 72 Aragon and Southernwind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump. CQS are fighting all the way to hold onto their grip on the IMA Transatlantic Race Trophy.

Eric de Turckheim's French Nivelt-Muratet 54 Teasing Machine leads overall after IRC time correction, and the majority of the record fleet are reaching at double-digit boat speed towards the finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada.

2017 rtr teasingmachine dockside jmTeam Teasing Machine before the start of the RORC Transatlantic Race in Lanzarote © RORC/James Mitchell