Velux 5 Oceans drama
Solo sailor Graham Dalton, competing in the Velux 5 Oceans race, reported on Monday he had hit a UFO in the water. As it was pitch black, he was uncertain what it
was but it had caused serious damage to one of his two rudders.
The damage sustained has forced him to cut the cassette away and remove the rudder
blade, and is now in communication with his boat builder to establish a
method to stabilize the remaining rudder so that he can recover steerage.
At the time of the incident, Dalton was running fourth boat for boat of the
five remaining entries, sailing in 15 knots of east-southeasterly breeze
just over 150 miles off the coast of Brazil, and a little over 3,200 miles
from the finish of Leg 2 in Norfolk, VA, USA.