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Cheeki Rafiki disaster caused by weak keel, reports

An official report regarding the yacht disaster in the Atlantic, where 4 British sailors went missing, suggested that this might have happened because of a structural weakening of the yacht. In the part, groundings as well as subsequent repairs to Cheeki Rafiki might have triggered the dampening at the point where the stagger was bonded to the hull, said the report.

A report from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch reported that one or more bolts on the vessel might have deteriorated and it was likely that the crew was exhausted and their performance was impaired accordingly. MAIB concluded that in the absence of survivors and material evidence, the reasons of the tragedy remain a matter of speculation.

The 4 men lost in the 2014 May disaster were captain Andrew Bridge (22), from Farnham in Surrey, crew members James Male, (also 22), from Southampton; Steve Warren (52), from Bridgwater in Somerset and Paul Goslin (56) from West Camel in Somerset.

They had been participating in a regatta in Antigua and they were coming back to Southampton when their yacht capsized around seven hundred and twenty miles east-south-east of Nova Scotia in Canada on 16th May. Continue reading Cheeki Rafiki disaster caused by weak keel, reports

Team Dongfeng if Volvo Ocean Race dismasted at Southern Ocean

Team Dongfeng, the Franco-Chinese Volvo Ocean Race yacht group, was dismasted in the early hours of in Southern Ocean this morning. According to reports, everyone on the board are safe. Charles Caudrelier as well as his crew are coming back to Ushuaia in Argentina

Reports suggest that the mast came apart at 0315 UTC today, some hundred and sixty miles west off Cape Horn. It was still dark when the incident took place just above the 3rd spreaders. The yacht crew are able to carry on sailing utilizing a small headsail only, and only on port tack for now, building up at a speed of around 6 to 8 knots.

The Dongfeng shore band have been clambered and are already on their path to tryst with the yacht. The Volvo Ocean Race technical support team, captained up by Nick Bice, with GAC, are on the provision of getting one of the extra masts to Brazil. Continue reading Team Dongfeng if Volvo Ocean Race dismasted at Southern Ocean

Yacht firm to add 380 jobs, reports

On Tuesday morning, Gov. Rick Scott declared that Merritt Island Boat Works would start a whole new manufacturing facility, making around 380 brand new jobs as well as a capital investment of over US$ 16 million in the Brevard County.

In a statement, Scott told that Florida is on a mission to become the worldwide destination for jobs and it is really good news for the families in Brevard County which 380 new jobs will be included to the community. He added that While Merritt Island Boat Works considered other states for their new facility, they chose Florida as the best place to create jobs. Continue reading Yacht firm to add 380 jobs, reports