All yachts have now passed Flinders Island and heading for the finish
With yachts now working their way back up the coast past the Royal National Park their speed has slowed with the first yacht expected to be crossing the line at round 1900 hrs this evening.
There has been some insights received from the crew on the TP52 KOA who have had to retire due to sail and hatch damage:
"We got an enormous wave and stuffed the bow in so deep the hatch blow off its hinges and the spinnaker was destroyed. It was safest to retire. It was a fun race while it lasted!"
The current race retirements are as follows (all crew are safe):
- Enigma have retired after providing assistance to an overturned catamaran during their leg to Flinders Islet. They were in contact with Marine Rescue and have been released now that the rescue is underway.
- Mille Sabords have retired due to a damaged headsail track
- Koa has sustained sail and hatch damage and is heading to Port Kembla
- Blink has been dismasted with all crew on board safe. The team are heading back to Sydney Harbour
- Snowdome Occasional Course Language Too has sustained rudder damage and is heading to Wollongong
Flinders Islet Race teams can be followed live via the yacht tracker on this dedicated Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series website. Photo and video will also be shared across the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s socials including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – you can keep up with the conversation by using and following #AudiCentreSydneyBWPS.