> TRANSGLOBE: LEG 8 ­ REPORTING RESTRICTIONS LIFTED. CHALLENGER DOCKS IN THE > FALKLANDS AFTER HAZARDOUS SOUTHERN OCEAN PASSAGE > Discoverer and Adventure set off from Montevideo on Leg 9 to Antigua


TRANSGLOBE: LEG 8 ­ REPORTING RESTRICTIONS LIFTED. CHALLENGER DOCKS IN THE
> FALKLANDS AFTER HAZARDOUS SOUTHERN OCEAN PASSAGE
> Discoverer and Adventure set off from Montevideo on Leg 9 to Antigua


The Army boat participating in the year-long Exercise TRANSGLOBE, HMSTV
> Challenger, has arrived safely in the Falkland Islands at the end of Leg 8 of
> the 13-leg tri-services expedition. Alongside in Mare Harbour, her crew can
> reflect on an exceptionally eventful passage across the Southern Ocean from
> Auckland that started in January and ended up with them now berthed in a
> different venue to their two sisterships. The mast problem that caused
> Challenger¹s return to Wellington for repairs, extended the time they have
> spent on board by nearly two weeks and placed them well behind the other
> yachts.
>
> The weather faced by the crew of Challenger was far more severe than that
> encountered by their fellow crews on board HMSTV Adventure (RN) and HMSTV
> Discoverer (RAF) both of whom finished Leg 8 on schedule in Punta del Este,
> Uruguay last Thursday. All crews are safe but the crew of Challenger have
> suffered some minor injuries from the relentless battering of several days
> with winds in excess of 50 knots.
>
> Challenger suffered a number of Œknock downs¹ where the boat heels over to an
> alarming angle during the last few days around Cape Horn. However, each time
> the yacht responded as the Challenge 67s were designed to do, and righted
> itself quickly. The skipper Becky Walford and her crew have shown enormous
> fortitude and resilience in getting Challenger safely to Mare Harbour and
> family, friends and supporters should take great pride in the outstanding
> effort and achievement of sailing over 6,000 miles and rounding the fearsome
> Cape Horn completed by this magnificent crew. Becky has praised the team work
> and resilience of her crew from the Royal regiment of Fusilliers. They have
> faced exceptional seas and hardship with fortitude, boundless stamina and good
> humour.
>
> Reporting restrictions lifted
> The Œtechnical difficulties¹ quoted on the official TRANSGLOBE website for the
> past few weeks has in fact been covering reporting restrictions placed on the
> Project Team back in Gosport. As Project Leader Sqn Ldr Neil Cottrell
> explains, ³We were advised to restrict reporting of the Exercise whilst the
> vessels were close to Argentinean waters. Now that two yachts are in Uruguay
> and Challenger is in the Falklands, we are lifting that restriction to let all
> family, friends and supporters of the crews know that they are safe and well.
> We apologise for having to take down the position mapping and blogs for the
> last few weeks but will now be able to post the blogs in the order that they
> were sent from the boats. Thank you for being patient with us during the
> period of restricted news release.²
>
> As soon as the immediate repairs are complete, Windy Gale, the Leg 9 skipper
> of Challenger and his new influx of Army crew, will make passage to Antigua
> and try to get there for a planned maintenance stop at the start of May. As a
> result of the delay, there may well be a knock-on effect to the timings for
> the Army crew change over in Antigua. Meanwhile, for Disco and Adventure,
> their Leg 9 has just started as they have this morning cleared customs in
> Montevideo and have begun the next leg to Antigua ­ 4,150 nm and around five
> weeks away.
>
> The crews of all three yachts are eligible to join the exclusive membership of
> the International Association of Cape Horners (IACH) for those who have
> completed a sailing passage of the Cape Horn route.

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