"In the early hours of Friday 9th June, 60 knot
winds and 15 metre seas were experienced by competitors, caused by a very low depression (967 mb). These extreme conditions caused damage to many boats with 3 emergency
beacons (EPIRB) triggered. The Canadian coastguard in Halifax
immediately reacted to the situation sending ships and air support to all the boats in distress
.TAMARIND – Suffered severe damage. Skipper
well with no injuries. Rescued by Queen Mary en route
The boats affected:
HAPPY – Dismasted. Both crew rescued by ocean going tug APL FORWARD. No injuries reported.
FURIA – Boat
sunk. Crew resuced by survey
vessel THOR MAGNA. No injuries reported.
HARMONII – Mainsail
and track damage. Retired. Heading under engine
for the Azores
ok, no injuries.
SUOMI KUDU – Mainsail
problems. Retired. Heading back to UK. Skipper ok, no injuries.
Update 2: Canada Launches Rescue Mission as Weather System Hits Trans-Atlantic Sailing Race â€“ gCaptain