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Offline Adrian

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Matt Trautmann Qualifier Collision
« on: April 18, 2008, 09:08:27 AM »
This article is from  sent to me by a friend.  It sounds as though Matt had a close call.  I hope Matt or a friend can tell us who hit who?  Was Matt sleeping?

Date : 17.04.08
The crew of the Penlee all-weather lifeboat Ivan Ellen spent eight hours at sea helping a single-handed sailor whose yacht was in collision with a Newlyn beam trawler.

Matt Trautman, from South Africa, was completing a 1,000-mile qualifying sail to enter the Mini Transat Race when the incident happened in the Western Approaches last Thursday evening.He and his six-metre yacht were towed safely to Newlyn.

The collision happened 42 miles south of Land's End as Mr Trautman completed a qualifying sail from Lorient in France to Ireland and back.

The yacht's mast snapped in four places, the bow was damaged and she started taking in water. In winds gusting up to force eight, the volunteer crew of the Penlee lifeboat raced to the scene while the trawler, which was not damaged, waited with the yacht.

Patrick Harvey, RNLI mechanic on the Penlee lifeboat, said: "The little yacht had come off worse in the collision and Matt was busy bailing her out when we arrived.

"He'd also managed to clear away the fallen rigging so it wasn't dragging in the water. It came as a bit of a surprise as we had been told we were launching to assist a 40ft yacht! Neil Brockman, our coxswain, put two of us aboard the casualty vessel to help secure the tow line and assist with the bailing out, so I went over with David Pascoe.

"The space down below is tiny and that's where Matt stayed, bailing out. David and I sat on the deck for five hours.

"We were freezing cold and wet when we got back to Newlyn but at least the sailor and his boat were safe."

Once in Newlyn, the lifeboat crew took the 23-year-old yachtsman for a 'full English breakfast'.

He said: "I was so relieved to see the Penlee lifeboat approaching."

"The volunteer crew were all very professional and looked after me extremely well. I can't thank them all enough."

Mr Trautman says his ultimate goal is to win the Vend??e Globe, which he describes as 'the Everest of single-handed yacht racing'. After his brief stay in Newlyn, he took the ferry back to Lorient to collect a trailer and then returned to Newlyn on Sunday to pick up the boat. Asked by The Cornishman if the cost of repairing the damage to the mast and bow was covered by insurance, Mr Trautman said: "It's very difficult to get insurance if you're a single-handed yachtsman sailing at night."

Offline NicoG

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Re: Matt Trautmann Qualifier Collision
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2008, 12:24:52 PM »
Boat did race in Pornichet, so all fine.

I think the fisherman are thinking of minis like mosquitoes, little annoying beast that sting you, but no real damage done.. they are more wary about Open 60´s I would think...