Statistics loss of stabilizer pitching yacht fin falsely added another case: in the Pacific ocean lost his keel racing yacht Ran Tan II type Elliott 50.
The boat with the crew of three were distilled on their own from New Zealand to USA to participate in the Transpac race and, coming from Tahiti, crossed the equator on may 27. And in the night of may 31 Pacific time – in a quiet that is typical weather on the boat was activated EPIRB.
Crack in keel 02.48 arose in the night, all the keel fell off at 05.30 am local time. Boat in quiet weather conditions have held steady and upright. The crew activated the buoy was thrown overboard liferaft, but remained on the boat, the cold eating crackers and cheese and drinking their beer – they already went Mexican tuntselov Ensenada, which was in four hours.
At 11.45, the crew fully intact moved aboard Ensenada, leaving Ran Tan to die in the ocean. This is a big loss for sailing in New Zealand, sources of stress, since the boat was present at all the major competitions and at club regattas and social events.
PS a hundred miles from Tan Ran another yacht – Irish Eyes – lost a mast and asks for urgent help…another