Yachts limp back to the Cape
Cape to Rio (Trevor Wilkins – John Maarschalk)
Cape Town - Rescue operations for yachts affected by rough seas and gale force winds in the Cape to Rio yacht race continued on Monday afternoon, with one death recorded, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
Eight race yachts and one yacht not involved in the race were being monitored, spokesman Craig Lambinon said.
The status of the yachts was as follows:
- Yacht Indaba was returning to Cape Town under sail. One crew member was injured and in a stable condition.
- Ava had been found following a search. Her crew was unhurt and she was sailing back to Cape Town under her own sail.
- Bille had all its crew evacuated to the SA Navy ship SAS Isandlwana. It was adrift at sea waiting for a tow by FV Allison. The body of the dead crew member was in the care of the SAS Isandlwana.
- Isla had a fire aboard on Sunday night and was under tow by Smit Madura, a salvage vessel, and heading back to Cape Town.
- Black Cat was being towed back to Cape Town.
- Avanti was sailing to Saldhana Bay and would probably be withdrawn from the race.
- Avocet was sailing back to Cape Town and would probably withdraw from the race.
- Do Do was returning to Cape Town under sail. She had torn sails and experienced steering problems.
- The non-race yacht Idefix2, with two crew aboard, was disabled and adrift 216 nautical miles west of Saldhana Bay. It had declared an emergency.
"They are unable to sail or motor and are using remaining fuel to keep batteries charged for radio."
A bulk carrier had been dispatched to investigate and report back.
An SA Air Force Dakota from 35 Squadron at Air Force Base Ysterplaat had been stood down for the moment, but her crew remained on alert.
The NSRI's airborne sea rescue unit also remained on alert.
The race started on Saturday.