The ship is now safely in Falmaouth Bay after a long tow. From TV pictures it looks as if the top three yard arms of the foremast have gone/ folded down, and perhaps the top two of the after mast
. I know the standing rigging
on these old sail ships is interlinked, not surprising that failure in one should affect the other.
There are some concerns at the age and experience of the younger crew members being expresssed on TV but the 'team' on board have dealt with a major emergency
, taken appropriate action and recovered the situation. I hope it goes no further in this overprotected era.
The masts do look very tall. And TV continues to talk about f9 conditions although the coastguard at the time talked of f6. It would be a great shame to lose this fine ship, but it's not a good time to try and raise funds for an expensive overhaul
. I hope she can be 'stored' until a sponsor