Top American mini racer, Jeff McFarlane, had a terrible accident.
He was preparing himself for the next big Transat (1000Nm mandatory with the boat), he had a fast boat, been second on two important international races and took a big risk while making those mandatory 1000Nm.
He took the boat to the middle of a depression near Menorca. Maybe he was not familiar with the med where sometimes 35K are a lot worse there than on the Atlantic (the old Navy French sailors called the Med the bitch – “la garce” ).
Lost the mast, capsized, damaged the boat and broke a hand. He was recovered just before night fall by a Spanish helicopter.
The boat was rescued but without an extra help the chances to see an American top sailor winning the Big Transat will not happen. The boat needs expensive repairs.
A translated article in an Italian Magazine (Giornale de la vela)
“During the navigation of 1000 miles in the Mediterranean that he needed for the qualification to the next Mini Transat, American Jeff McFarlane has risked big, running into a depression off the coast of Menorca with wind gusts to 35 knots. His Mini 6.50 (a prototype of Lombard) was capsized and lose the mast also damaging the keel.
Jeff, that we know very well in Italy because in March he participated in the Arciplelago 6.50 paired with Marco Nannini, and the Italian Grand Prix, with Andrea Fornaro, finishing in second place on both occasions, was rescued by a helicopter. It came out with a broken hand and with the feeling that he had been lucky ... “
“ ... ". A few hours later, at lunch time, when the wind was blowing around 35 knots, under three reefs in the mainsail and small jib, the prototype had problems. "It all happened very quickly without having time to understand what was going on," "The mast fell and the boat suddenly was lying before going into a spin with two full turns. Then one of the elements that kept the keel box crushed my hand. "The boat has suffered failures in the deck, keel and mast. "I was reassured to see the boat still floated but everything was upside down with plenty of water to bail, said Jeffrey MacFarlane.
"I wanted especially to keep my mind busy and not to think about the damage and pain in my hand. "After issuing a Mayday, the sailor was busy rigging and securing the boat until nightfall.
As he prepared to spend the night on board a helicopter of the Spanish coast guard come down to him to pull him and taken him to hospital. The boat was recovered the next morning 15 miles from the island of Menorca. "I am disappointed because I was close to the goal," said Jeffrey MacFarlane us.
A row boat, a man and a dog trying to do the NW passage.
If you think that those guys that go circumnavigating in 24ft sailboats are crazy, compare it with this guy
A dog? Poor thing I wonder were the dog pee and you know... sh*t. that should be a smelly boat Crazy idea I had ever heard in what regards boating. Off course the guy had to be rescued...but he had managed to find sponsors for his crazy project, I guess you can find a sponsor for everything.
Nice video, had not seen this one before, I'm sailing on one of the boats in this race
The nice green boat is Sira NOR 33, 8mR
Owned and skipperd by the Norwegian King Harald
More about this boat here. 8 mR
This text is a bit old - the present King Harald restored the boat and it is now active in use again.
Nice. Small world and lots of sailors looking at this thread
I thought that the boat was called King Harald. Nice to know that the King is at the helm and what a nice helm, a royal one. Lot's of kings like sailing. The kings of Spain had an yacht and participated in regattas (one of the more famous Spanish races is the "King's cup" (Copa d'el Rey).
Thanks for these images. They are really beautiful sailboats
- great hull graphics
- love the carbon bowsprit
- not too crazy about the dark colored sprayhood on the S35. I prefer the lighter colored ones
- surprised that the gennaker/asymmetrical isn't masthead!
- beautiful transom design
Besides J boats the other American sailboat Europeans love is the Corsair.
the Corsair Dash 750 was nominated for the 2011 European boat of the year cintest and even if it is basically a revamped Corsair 24 it is a very interesting daysailer, week end cruiser with a very good sail performance at a price lower than the ones proposed by Dragonfly that offer a better quality interior.
Not very good movies of it on the internet and the better quality one is from a German boat test:
Also an interesting one from Vietnam, where you can charter it: