Fom liverpool08 5/2/2006
Clipper Race diverted to Philippines
On Saturday 4 February at approximately 0830 GMT, Glasgow Clipper reported a loose keel bolt and as a result the Race Team immediately advised the rest of the ten-strong fleet to check their bolts for movement.
After carrying out an inspection, six other yachts reported slight movement of the keel bolt. Following this discovery of similar problems elsewhere in the fleet, the decision was taken to divert all 10 Clipper 68s to Subic Bay in the Philippines for a full investigation and for any necessary remedial work to be carried out.
There is no risk to the yachts and their crews and this decision has been taken as a precautionary measure given that crew safety is paramount in the organisation of the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race. The boats are maintaining regular contact with the Race Team as they reach Subic Bay.
Further to yesterday’s decision to divert the fleet, the first boats, Durban and Victoria, arrived in Subic Bay at around 0700 GMT this morning (Sunday 5 February). The rest of the fleet are expected to arrive over the next 12 hours.
Haul out facilities are currently being investigated and work will commence as soon as possible on ascertaining the full extent of the problem. The Clipper Race Team is flying out to meet the fleet in Subic Bay where action will be taken to minimise disruption to the schedule of the race.
Regular updates will be published on the Clipper Race website www.clipper-ventures.com/2006.