Originally Posted by Polux
A very warm welcome to the forum.
Just to be sure, you have always been the Captain
of Polina star? and therefore are able to claim that the boat had never had any groundings?
The Polina star was a 90ft extended version of the 825. Do you think that has anything to do with the case? I mean the boat was designed as a 82ft and many 825 have been sailed extensively, one of them is making the ARC
right now (and going very fast), none with problems to my knowledge.
Do you know anything about the results of the investigations? The wreck has been removed and we will know for sure what happened and the causes of the accident
There was a video about that but:
They say that the boat used a keel system attachment (with a structure) that is not used by any other Oysters. Do you know if they are talking about the 90ft extended version or if they are talking about the 825?
The damage really looks bad and explains why the boat sunk so quickly.
This is the new 885 structure:
Hello guys, in your posts there are a lot of questions to reply, I will try to reply to all of that and at the same time I will tell some "facts" about our story and about this building. I'm speaking about "facts" because the funny
declarations released by Oyster can confuse the readers.
FACT 1: (why I know what I know)
The owner built the boat with the target to sail around the world, then he asked to me to follow the commissioning, to prepare the boat for this long trip and to choose and to organize the crew. I arrived in the shipyard in the April 2014, and I stayed there every day up to the launch of the boat in July, then I have sailed on her as captain
about 10.000 miles: Southampton- Norway
and back, Southampton-Las Palmas, ARC
rally, cruises in Caribe, Antigua-Alicante (we never arrived).
FACT 2: (the crew)
The boat had two permanent crew member
, to be able to manage this aspect I have organized a tourn-over of 5 people:
during last trip the professional crew was: me and Dafne.
the boat design)
the boat was not extended, she was designed and built by Oyster exactly as you can see in the pictures.
FACT 4: (the meteo)
we sunk in a sunny day we were reaching in 18 kn of TW with about 1.3 m of wave, sailing with staysail and 80% main sail.
FACT 5: (SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE ACCIDENT)
3 JULY 2015 TIME 14:07'
with vibration from the hull
big flooding in the engine
over the service
batteries; all systems KO
I bear away, the crew prepare emergency bilge pump
, life rafts, grab bags, furl manually the stay sail, send the may-day by standard-C and by VHF
the keel disconnected completely and the boat capsized, in that moment I was standing up in front of the chart table (deck-house) sending the may-day, the water
was already cooling
down my balls.
boat "fished"us after a couple of hours.
we made a video from the life raft, it show the two rudders pointing the sky perfectly intacs, a big hole in to the hull; the relic float upside down all night long, the following morning we found the boat still floating about 15 miles from the capsizing point, one missing rudder
, the other one partially broken.
the CEO of Oyster knows exactly this story, he sent two people on site the following day, I told them every single
detail of the accident
and I gave to them all the pictures and movies that I had and that I still have.
The relic of the boat and the keel was rescued in October. This operation was a month-long, I participated to this operation and I participated also to the survey
performed by all the insurance
company's surveyors. We are waiting for the response.