South Africa

Racing yacht runs aground off Cape Town

2017-11-01 19:01
CV24, Greenings

Cape Town - One of the racing yacht's taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has run aground near Cape Town.

According to Times Live, the incident happened on Tuesday evening when the CV24 Team Greenings, a yacht with 12 crew members on board, hit an offshore reef at the  Olifantsbospunt, located between Cape Town and Cape Point. 

No one was injured during the incident. The organisers of the event released a statement on the race website detailing what happened. 

The statement reads as follows:

The crew of CV24, Greenings, are being evacuated after running aground on the western side of Cape Peninsula, which sits roughly halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point at approximately 2140 UTC (2340 local time) on Tuesday 31 October during Leg 3 of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, which departed Cape Town, South Africa, earlier that day.

Everyone is safe and well and there were no injuries reported on board but the Skipper (Andy Woodruff, who is acting as Interim Skipper in place of injured David Hartshorn) and all crew have been evacuated on to rescue boats provided by the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) for precaution to return to shore at Hout Bay. The safety of the Skipper and crew are paramount, so all measures that are currently taking place are preventative.

Clipper Race Director, Mark Light, and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, plus members of the Maintenance Team are en route to assist and remain in constant contact with the Skipper and with the rescue services. After initially being informed of the grounding, Unicef, as the closest vessel was asked to standby to assist but as the situation is now under full control, Unicef has since been instructed to stand down and continue racing.

A full investigation will take place and further updates will be provided in due course.

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