Bad break ends 2Un­lim­ited’s race

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - JAMES BRESNEHAN

THE crew of Tas­ma­nian yacht 2Un­lim­ited is count­ing its bless­ings af­ter hit­ting a sun­fish in the Syd­ney-Ho­bart on Fri­day night, snap­ping off the rud­der and hav­ing to be res­cued by the po­lice launch Van Diemen — twice.

While fel­low Tas­ma­nian 66-footer Alive leads the race on over­all hand­i­cap and is the boat to beat for the Tat­ter­salls Cup, the 40-footer 2Un­lim­ited was 30 nau­ti­cal miles off Bicheno when it hit the sun­fish at 14 knots.

Skip­per Greg Prescott de­scribed it as like run­ning aground. 2Un­lim­ited was im­me­di­ately dis­abled and ra­dioed for help. No one was in­jured.

The Van Diemen was on the scene three hours later and towed 2Un­lim­ited to Bicheno, where it set an­chor.

“The sun­fish clipped the keel and on the way past took out the rud­der,” Prescott said.

“Then we saw the sun­fish and rud­der float­ing around.

“It was like run­ning around. We came nearly to a dead stop.

“We’d just got up to fifth on hand­i­cap and then that hap­pened.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed but it’s what can hap­pen, and it can hap­pen to any­one.”

2Un­lim­ited ar­rived in Bicheno at 3am yes­ter­day.

“We put our an­chor down and it was blow­ing about 30 knots,” Prescott said. “Then it came in at 50 and we started drag­ging and al­most went on to the rocks.

“Then the Van Diemen came and got us again and towed us up to Fal­mouth, about six miles north.

“So we had to be res­cued twice.”

Prescott said he did not feel bit­ter about hav­ing his race wrecked.

“It’s part of do­ing the race,” he said.

“There is ma­rine life out there and from time to time the rac­ing yacht can hit them.

“The sun­fish was OK, it swam away.”

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