44-metre superyacht Salperton lost its mast off the coast of Guadaloupe on Saturday - the cause is still to be ascertained

The 44-metre superyacht Salperton was dismasted on Saturday (22 January 2011) whilst sailing off Guadeloupe with mainsail and staysail blade in light conditions. Nobody was hurt and the yacht made port safely.

Salperton was launched in 2009 and it’s Southern Spars mast carries PBO rigging by Future Fibres.

Salperton has crossed the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans twice, and has sailed long passages in all weathers without ever giving cause for concern.  

The cause of the dismasting is not known at this time. The mast is broken approximately six metres above deck, some distance below the D1 tangs and Spreader 1.

Paul MacDonald of Southern Spars, New Zealand, is travelling to Antigua to discuss the incident with the captain and crew, and to inspect the damage to both the mast and rigging. He expects to meet with the owner during this time too.