Man on cabin cruiser assisted by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat


Date: 26/12/2008

Author: Adrian Don, Volunteer LIfeboat Press Officer

Reference: Tynemouth 055 2008

At 2:40pm the lone skipper of the 5metre cabin cruiser “Blue Jasper” radioed Humber Coastguard reporting that his anchor chain had fouled and he was unable to lift it from the seabed. The vessel was anchored in the Tyne just off the south Tyne pier.

Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch and travelled the short distance from the lifeboat station to the aid of the “Blue Jasper”.

Day 50: Effects of Boxing Day capsize sink in.


In brief:

– Onboard BT, Sébastien Josse, is sailing in 30-35 knots and rough seas still unable to fully assess the serious damage to his rudder system.

– The effects of the Boxing Day capsize are only beginning to sink in for Sébastien, and the reality that both he and BT are extremely lucky to have survived at all.

– There are now only two options open to Seb, who as one of the pre-race favou! rites has raced a brilliant Vendée Globe so far and extraordinarily is actually still in 6th place – to patch-up BT and carry on, albeit in a compromised fashion, or pull-out of the race. Another 12-24 hours will reveal which of the options he has to take.


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Strong WNW winds off the Tasmanian coast last night and a northwesterly reaching gale force in the Derwent River today blew the 50-55ft boats home to dominate the provisional handicap placings in IRC Division 0 and Division 1 of the 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart. Incredibly, given the size difference, the first TP52 to finish, Bob Steel’s Quest, was only four and a-half hours behind the Line Honours winner Wild Oats XI. The race has been so fast many yachts have beaten the bags freighted to Hobart for the crews. This has not prevented them heading off to celebrate in their not so fragrant sailing gear.


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Wild Oats XI strode majestically up the Derwent River this morning to beat Skandia by one hour seven minutes and score a record fourth consecutive line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart after one of the best tactical battles seen at the head of the fleet in the race’s 64-year history.

Lighter winds off the Tasmanian coast in the last 18 hours of the race robbed Wild Oats XI of the chance of beating the race record she set in 2005 at one day 18 hours 40 minutes and ten seconds. The drop in wind strength did give Mark Richards and crew the opportunity to make use of Wild Oats XI’s bigger wardrobe of headsails to catch and pass Skandia, which had led her with better speed and sound tactics for the first 22 hours.