UFO derails Rambler 88 in the Atlantic

Published on July 10th, 2018

(July 10, 2018) – Following the start of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta race from Bermuda to Hamburg on July 8, Rambler 88 navigator Stan Honey advised the Race Committee that today at 01:32 UTC she had contact with an object in the water, and lost the port rudder. As a result, the AAR Line Honours favorite is therefore retiring from the race and will be returning to Newport, RI (USA). All crew are reported safe.

Looking at the tracker, Rambler was just over 3000nm from the finish and appeared to be reaching on starboard which would mean it was the leeward rudder that failed.

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Background: The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta (AAR) is part of the grand celebrations for the 150th anniversary for the Norddeutsher Regatta Verein (NRV) in Hamburg, Germany. Starting July 8, the 3500nm Bermuda to Hamburg Race is the final offshore race of the regatta series for the AAR, following on from the 2900nm RORC Transatlantic Race from Lanzarote to Grenada. The AAR is the first ever offshore series crossing the Atlantic Ocean in both directions.

Source: Louay Habib

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