Having left Horta (Azores) yesterday mid-afternoon, the “Ilha de Sao Luis” tugboat chartered to try and salvage the BT yacht is currently attempting to tow the stricken monohull back to the Azores… but difficult weather conditions and the sheer weight of the IMOCA 60′ full of water make for a very tricky operation.
The 26-metre long “Ilha de Sao Luis” tugboat, with BT Team members Charles Darbyshire, Rhys Mellor and Pierre-Emmenuel Hérissé on board, reched BT’s position at approximately 12:00 GMT today. The stricken monohull was drifting in rough seas some 115 miles North of Terceira (Azores). The yacht is listing on her port side, due to the keel being canted, the cockpit, the coachroof and the area aft of the mast are underwater…The “special convoy” is crawling its way towards the Azores, not expecting to be able to exceed 4 knots of speed at best. The BT Technical Team is expecting to spend long and difficult hours at sea, but everyone is fully determined and focused on that mission.
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