From another story.
"But the trip back proved more eventful for at least one of the contestants. St. Petersburg's Jopie Helsen
and his crew aboard the Jade CruChu
had finished fifth in the race with a corrected time of 55:15:59. Helsen's 47-foot boat left after the award ceremony April 30 and soon ran into rough seas.By the following day, Helsen's boat had lost its rudder in 10-foot seas and 30-knot winds. The crew activated its EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon) at 3:40 a.m. Sunday. The Coast Guard received the distress signal and dispatched a HC-130 Hercules aircraft from the Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.
While the plane was searching, a notice was issued to mariners to be on the lookout for the crippled vessel, which was eventually spotted by a commercial ship called the Bahama Spirit
A second airplane, this one from Mobile, Ala., made contact with the sailboat at 10 a.m. Monday. Three hours later, the Harriet Lane
, a 270-foot cutter on routine patrol in the central Gulf of Mexico, changed course and intercepted the Jade CruChu
about 400 miles south of Panama City.
At first, Helsen and four members of his crew stayed with the racing yacht while it was being towed to St. Petersburg. But as of Wednesday, the captain and crew had jumped aboard the cutter, and as of press time no decision had been made about what to do with the boat.
"It is a delicate operation," said Petty Officer 3rd class Nick Ameen
, a USCG spokesman in Miami. "Without a rudder, the boat is all over the place."
Sailing: Returning sailboat in Isla Mujeres race becomes disabled - St. Petersburg Times
I just spoke to someone who has been in contact with the owner. He said that the crew was worn out and had to "get off the boat"
The tracker is turned off (at least for the general public) and evidently there is a salvage vessel in route.