Tomy’s 36-foot boat, Thuriya, was certainly one of a number of hit by 80-mph winds and 46-foot seas halfway throughout the South Indian Ocean on Friday, 82 days into the race, organizers stated.
Thuriya’s mast was damaged about 1,900 miles southwest of Perth, Australia “on the excessive restrict of rapid rescue vary,” they stated in a collection of media statements.
Organizers turned involved after Tomy despatched a textual content message studying: “ROLLED. DISMASTED. SEVERE BACK INJURY. CANNOT GET UP,” after which was unheard from for practically 15 hours.
The race stated that subsequent messages indicated that Tomy was secure however mendacity immobilized in his bunk, along with his newest message studying: “CAN MOVE TOES. FEEL NUMB. CAN’T EAT OR DRINK. TOUGH 2 REACH GRAB BAG.”
The Maritime Rescue Coordination Middle in Canberra, Australia, is accountable for the rescue operation.
Race organizers stated an government jet had been dispatched from Perth, Australia, and is predicted to succeed in the realm round 2:30 a.m. ET Sunday, when its crew would assess injury to Tomy’s boat and attempt to make radio contact with him.
Rescuers additionally will examine on Irish skipper Gregor McGuckin, whose boat was rolled in the identical storm and who was about 90 miles away from Tomy, organizers stated. McGuckin had arrange a makeshift rig on his boat and was attempting to succeed in Tomy utilizing a mix of wind and engine energy.
The Australian, Indian and French navies are additionally sending vessels to help.
A French fisheries patrol vessel with medical services on board is predicted to succeed in Tomy someday Sunday afternoon or night, whereas Indian authorities have dispatched a army airplane from Mauritius and are diverting a stealth frigate and tanker from workout routines off South Africa.
Australian authorities are sending an Anzac-class frigate, however it’s anticipated to take 4 to 5 days to succeed in Tomy.
Ukrainian sailor Uku Randmaa can be attempting to succeed in the disabled boats.
Origins of the race
The 2018 Golden Globe fleet set sail on July 1 from Les Sables d’Olonne in France. The race is by invitation solely and requires prior ocean crusing expertise of no less than 8,000 miles and solo expertise of no less than 2,000 miles.
In step with the unique 1969 race, skippers should navigate utilizing paper charts and the celebs, with no water maker aboard.
Nevertheless, the 2018 boats carry some trendy expertise to maintain their skippers secure.
The sailors have the power to ship 100-character textual content stories by way of satellite tv for pc twice a day and to make use of a satellite tv for pc cellphone to make a weekly security examine.
Every boat additionally carries a sealed security field containing a GPS and second satellite tv for pc cellphone, however breaking the seal disqualifies a sailor from the race.
Race organizers additionally monitor the boats by way of GPS — although sailors can’t see the info.
Tomy’s boat is a reproduction of Robin Knox-Johnston’s yacht Suhaili.
Knox-Johnston received the inaugural Golden Globe race, turning into the primary particular person to sail solo world wide nonstop. His journey took 312 days.