The crew of Greenings are joining other teams in the Clipper Round the World Race 2017-18 after the CV24 ran aground off Cape Town

13 November

As investigations continue into the grounding of the CV24 Greenings off the South African coast, the yacht’s crew are being given the chance to continue the Clipper Round the World race.

The 11 remaining skippers are offering former Greenings crew members a place on board to compete as part of their respective teams for the remaining legs of the series.

Six Greenings crew members have already been given places on board HotelPlanner.com after the team diverted to Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Since then, efforts have been continuing to reallocate other crew, who will be competing in future legs, across the fleet to ensure that they can continue their Clipper Race journey.

Race director, Mark Light, said it was “fantastic” to see such a positive story emerge from what has been a very unfortunate incident.

“It’s been important for us to get the Greenings crew back on the water to compete in the Clipper Race and we have been speaking to crew members who are due to complete future legs to find out what their preferences are for continuing,” he said.

“I’d like to thank everybody for their patience whilst this process has taken place and I am delighted to confirm we have been able to find space for everybody wishing to continue with the race,” added Light.

Each of the remaining 11 teams will have at least one new Greenings crew member joining.

The affected crew members have now been informed which teams they will be joining, and the Clipper Race website will be updated over the next week to reflect this.

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Managing director of Greenings, Andrew Greening, said: “Despite the yacht (CV24) taking no further part in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, I’m pleased to see that the Greenings team ethos will live on throughout the fleet and we will continue to support our crew members who have been reallocated to other teams.”

“I’ve always said that there is something special about this team and whilst they may be continuing their respective journeys on board different yachts, I’m sure that they will continue to maintain that close bond that they have already forged and I look forward to seeing them at future stopovers,” he added.

Skippers and crew members from the remaining 11 Clipper Race teams will be informed shortly on details of which former Greenings crew members will be joining their teams so that efforts can be made to integrate them as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

 

02 November

The voyage has ended for the Clipper Race yacht CV24, Greenings, after it ran aground near Cape Town on 31 October.

In a statement, Clipper Race officials confirmed the yacht is partially underwater on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, and that it will take no further part in the Clipper 2017-18 Race.

Discussions are ongoing with Greenings crew over their future participations in this edition of the race.

A Clipper yacht agruond off Cape Town

Greenings aground. Credit: Clipper Round the World

Underwriters have appointed a surveyor will be visiting the beleaguered yacht before completing a full report. A decision will then be made as to whether the boat can be salvaged or not.

The crew of Greenings were evacuated from the yacht after it ran aground at approximately 2140 UTC (2340 local time) on 31 October after departing Cape Town earlier in the day for Leg 3 of the eight-leg global sailing race.

No one was injured as a result of the incident.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has begun a full investigation into the grounding.

Greenings is not the first Clipper Round the World Race yacht to run aground. In 2015, LMAX Exchange ran aground around 42 miles off Rio de Janeiro. No one was injured and the yacht was eventually repaired. LMAX Exchange went on to win the overall race.

In January 2010, the Clipper 68 Cork Clipper ran aground on the Gosong Mampango reef in the Java Sea. The crew were evacuated from the yacht, although it was abandoned after it was decided that attempts to salvage her wouldn’t be economical.

The team continued the race in a chartered Challenge 67 yacht, Aurora of London.

 

01 November

An investigation is underway after one of the 12 teams taking part in the Clipper Round the World race ran aground off Cape Town, South Africa.

The skipper and crew of Greenings had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure from the CV24 yacht following the incident which happened on the 31 October at 2140UTC.

The yacht is currently grounded on a rocky area on the western side of Cape Peninsula, roughly halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point.

The team had departed Cape Town earlier that day to start Leg 3 of the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race.

Greenings. Credit: onEdition

There are no reports of any injuries, and skipper Andy Woodruff and the crew are back in Cape Town having been rescued by the National Sea Rescue Institution, the South African equivalent of the RNLI.

In a statement, Clipper Race said: “Everyone is safe and well and there were no injuries reported on board but the skipper (Andy Woodruff, who is acting as interim skipper in place of injured David Hartshorn) and all crew have been evacuated on to rescue boats provided by the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) for precaution to return to shore at Hout Bay.”

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Clipper Race director, Mark Light, and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, plus members of the maintenance team are en route to assist and remain in constant contact with Woodruff and with the rescue services.

Greenings was in second place overall in the race before the incident happened.

Fellow Clipper team, UNICEF, which was the nearest yacht to Greenings, were initially asked to standby to assist before it was instructed to stand down and continue racing.

This is not the first emergency to hit the Greenings team.

Clipper Race skipper David Hartshorn. Credit: onEdition

Clipper Race skipper David Hartshorn. Credit: onEdition

At the end of August during the opening leg of the race, the yacht’s skipper, David Hartshorn, suffered a serious injury to his left hand which required emergency medical attention.

The 52-year-old British professional sailor damaged his left thumb after it became caught in one of the lines during a spinnaker drop in breezy conditions.

The yacht had to divert to Porto, Portugal, where Hartshorn could receive treatment, while Andy Woodruff took over as interim skipper and continued the voyage to Uruguay.

Greenings is not the first Clipper Round the World Race yacht to run aground. In 2015, LMAX Exchange ran aground around 42 miles off Rio de Janeiro. No one was injured and the yacht was eventually repaired. LMAX Exchange went on to win the overall race.

In January 2010, the Clipper 68 Cork Clipper ran aground on the Gosong Mampango reef in the Java Sea. The crew were evacuated from the yacht, although it was abandoned after it was decided that attempts to salvage her wouldn’t be economical.

The team continued the race in a chartered Challenge 67 yacht, Aurora of London.