Ross Hobson’s wrecked boat finds refuge in the Bahamas


Two years and two thousand miles separate the dramatic mid Atlantic wipe out suffered by NE yachtsman, Ross Hobson, and the sad but exciting news that his boat, the catamaran “Mollymawk”, has found refuge on a beach in the Bahamas.

It was on the 8th November 2006 that Ross Hobson’s leading position in his class during the Route du Rhum yacht race came to a wet and dangerous end. Mollymawk (renamed Ideal Stelrad for the race after the major sponsor) capsized in horrendous weather, 2000 miles from land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Ross endured eight hours alone in the darkness in the upturned hull, unaware of the major search and rescue events taking place to save him. At 2am on 9th November 2006 the freighter Carmen homed in on Mollymawk’s EPIRB and after a skilful demonstration of ship handling took Ross onboard and delivered him safely back home.

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