Mylor Rigging help save a stunning 45 foot rigged sailing boat after it suffered severe damage just before a key race.

Whilst on route from the Isle of Man to Cowes, in a brisk F4-5 Easterly off Lands End, ‘A J Wanderlust’ - a Jeanneau 45 - snapped her port side tie rod...

The vessel was set to compete in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, but fortunately, the crew acted quickly - dropping the sails, rigging an emergency forestay and spanning the rig with halyards which saved a catastrophic de-masting.

The yacht and delivery crew managed to head back into the Falmouth port to meet with our 'On Call' Rigger who made a preliminary evaluation of the vessel, double checking the mast was safe. Following our professional assessment, it was decided that the damage sustained required more than just a rigging service, and, in agreement with the owner Charlene Howard, we outsourced the unique expertise of the Mylor Marine Team to assist with major structural repairs.

As a consequence of the tie rod snapping ‘A J Wanderlust’ had pulled her deck away and twisted the hull from the main bulkhead. With the mast removed and ‘A J Wanderlust’ shed-bound for 6 weeks, the skipper decided to undertake a full programme of servicing plus a minor refit.

Following a detailed Mast & Rig appraisal, extensive work was carried out to make the mast safe again.

Other tasks undertaken included:

#1. All new Sta-Lok standing rigging

#2. A new Harken genoa furler

#3. In-mast furling breakdown service

#4. New Harken primary winches

#5. New Marlow running rigging and additional structural mast repairs.

The skipper had already entered the Sevenstar Round Great Britain and Island Race but working to a very tight deadline, we managed to launch her 3 days prior to the race. Mylor Rigging MD Paul Pullen carried out an extended sea trial, sailing with the owner from Falmouth to Cowes in preparation.

‘A J Wanderlust’ ended up finishing the race in just 17 days, 3 hours, 13 Minutes and 3 Seconds.

Congratulations to Charlene Howard & Neal Brewer on their accomplishment.


Post By Ed Mason

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