A dismasting and near sinking reminds competitors what this event is famous for 01/08/07
The second day of the Archipelago Raid was a dramatic one. It saw a dismasting, a near sinking and several broken boats – exactly what the event is famous for.
Despite two general recalls the fleet finally left in the early hours of the morning heading South to Huvudskar, before bearing north again towards Sandhamn. As the sun came up and the wind filled in it was the Nissan teams that took an early lead at checkpoint one – the French leading, followed by the Germans and the Swedish.
At checkpoint two the Nissan teams were still leading, but by the one hour checkpoint – on Sandhamn – the leaderboard had changed. The French team continued to lead, followed by the F18 European Champions Yamaha Red (HOL) in second and Team Catella (SWE) third.
But the main stories from the day were not of the front-runners. It was not long into morning that White Knuckles Express (SWE) hit a submerged log and started taking on water. By 0930 the team and the boat were safe, but for the crew (Fredrik Karlssen and Magnus Groth) it was seemingly the end of their 2007 Raid. However, in the spirit of the event and their desire to finish, they have found another boat and plan to re-join the fleet in Fejan this evening.
Voltaren (SWE) dismasted at 1045. They too are determined to continue, and are currently fixing the rigging issue that caused the mast to come down.
The teams will navigate a number of further checkpoints throughout the day, and will finish on the island of Fejan in the Northern end of the Swedish Archipelago, having sailed roughly 80 nautical miles.