Archive for October, 2018

Wind Gust Pushed Mega Sailing Yacht Damages Pilings In Portland Harbor

The M5 has made a number of visits to the Portland waterfront and it was at the docked over the weekend at the time when it pulled a floating pier away from its pilings. A gust of wind which was very strong set the largest single-masted sailing yacht in the world adrift in Portland Harbor all the weekend.

On Saturday, there was powerful and a sudden gust came a little after 8:15 a.m. It caught the broadside of the superyacht which was 277-foot-long and 54-foot-wide, The Kevin Battle Harbor Master said that vessel has been docked at the DiMillo’s Marina after the incident that is Sept. 3. The gust was combined with the tide and it created a tremendous amount of force that the vessel ripped a floating dock at a distance from several pilings.

Though at the one end the fleet remained attached, the perpendicular went to its intended location. This prevented the superyacht and many other vessels from being set adrift, Battle narrated. He said, “It is really sad.” There is nothing that DiMillio’s has hosted many large size vessels all through the years without incident. “At one point of time, we had a lot of forces pushing all at once and in the one direction.”

The good thing is that the only damage that the incident caused was to the pilings. Some of the pilings were bent and broken, he said. On Monday morning, a small crane was brought to the place for making repairs, and the M5 was placed at the end of Chandler’s Wharf.

Electrical lines and gas remained intact to the cock during the incident, thus, no fuel was spilled into the harbor. As a safety point of view, the gas lines have been kept shut at the time of repairs.

Closure Of Yacht Rolex Cup Season

The final day saw a great sunshine and westerly winds of 10 to 15 knots during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship. There were 41 competitors out of which the Wally division raced 2 final windward leewards as the rest sailed Bomb Alley with everyone. However, the slower Mini Maxi division rounded Spargi before their return as they had crossed past La Maddalena Archipelago.  

In the pinnacle event, the most significant victory was achieved by Wally 77 Lyra in the Wally class. The surprising thing was that it was the first regatta for Terry Hui, her owner driver who is a Chinese Canadian. She achieved 2-1 and her score line made her win 5 times, setting her up nicely for her start in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Hui said it was a wonderful surprise and an amazing experience to be a part of the Porto Cervo event. It is undoubtedly the best harbors across the globe and sailing with finest sailors is a great moment indeed as per Hui. The Wally owners were quite interesting and friendly and Hui has been lucky to be surrounded by such people during the competition. The actual story is that her crew did make up for his mistakes as he decided to sail only two and a half months before. With the help of his crew, he did complete the race with flying colors.

It was a good way to start sailing career for Terry as noticed by the tactician of Lyra Hamish Pepper, who was a part of the ground work. The 3 Wallycentos were constantly fighting and trying to slow themselves and Pepper and his team were only a click ahead as far as J One is concerned. Hence, after duration of 10 to 15 minutes, they were able to sail their own race successfully. It was one of the interesting matches to watch and viewers had a great time.