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2018年3月29日 (木)

Accident details released from Scallywag - Volvo Ocean Race

Www_sailingscuttlebutt_com_2018_0_3Accident details released from Scallywag

Published on March 28th, 2018
These have been difficult days for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as they deal with the death of one of their own. To shed light on the accident, this report comes from Team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag.

• On Monday, 26 March 2018, SHK/Scallywag was racing in Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil, approximately 1,400 nautical miles west of Cape Horn.
• Weather conditions were 35-45 knots with 4 to 5 metre seas with showers reducing visibility. It was 15 minutes before sunrise.
• The team was sailing with a single reef in the mainsail and the J2 jib. The Fractional 0 (FR0) sail was hoisted but furled.
• At roughly 1300 UTC SHK/Scallywag surfed down a large wave leading to an accidental crash gybe.
• John Fisher was on deck, in the cockpit. At the time, he was moving forward to tidy up the FR0 sheet and had therefore unclipped his tether.
• As the mainsail swung across the boat in the gybe, the mainsheet system caught John and knocked him off the boat. The crew on board believe John was unconscious from the blow before he hit the water.
• He was wearing a survival suit with a wetsuit hood and gloves and a lifejacket.
• The JON buoy and the horseshoe buoy were thrown off the back of the boat to mark the position.
• It took some time to get the boat under control and motor sail back to a position near where the man overboard occurred.
• At 1342 (UTC), the team informed Race Control, by email, that there was a man overboard and they were returning to the MOB position to start a search pattern.
• With input from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre and Race Control in Alicante, a search and rescue operation was carried out for several hours but there was no sign of John, the horseshoe buoy, or the JON buoy.
• With weather conditions deteriorating, a difficult decision was taken to abandon the search and preserve the safety of the remaining crew.

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