Sport

Crew safe after C.ex Dolce dismasted in Sydney To Hobart run

C.ex Dolce at sea in the 2015 Sydney To Hobart.
C.ex Dolce at sea in the 2015 Sydney To Hobart. Contributed

THE Sydney to Hobart yacht race's official media centre has reported C.ex Dolce "in port."

Repairs are expected to be carried out at Huskisson Dockyard.

The crew of C.ex Dolce motoring home from Jervis Bay.
The crew of C.ex Dolce motoring home from Jervis Bay.

The C.ex Dolce crew were dropping the spinnaker at about 9pm on Saturday night in preparation for the approaching southerly change when it hit the water stopping the Inglis 47 in her tracks.

The crew was unable was to release the sail before it brought the mast down.

The crew then worked for more than 30 minutes to cut the mast loose in what were then rough conditions after the change had arrived.

"After a lot of time and efoort put into preparing for the race, it is very disappointing for us us to finish this way," C.ex Dolce skipper Pierre Gal said.

"We were going very well at the time and were about to execute tactics for the next stage of the race with the weather change approaching."

ORIGINAL REPORT

THE SYDNEY To Hobart adventure is over for C.ex Dolce.

Skipper Pierre Gal and his crew representing Coffs Harbour Yacht Club became the seventh withdrawal from the race around 6.30pm on Saturday.

The boat was dismasted after running into the same squally winds and rough seas along the South Coast of NSW that shredded the sails of race favourite Wild Oats XI.

There were initial fears that some on board the Coffs Harbour boat may have been injured.

However, crew have since messaged that "no one (is) badly hurt and spirits are okay."

C.ex Dolce arrived in Jervis Bay at 5.34am Sunday and advised the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia all crew members are safe.

The boat is presently back at sea and limping toward Sydney.

Topics:  coffs harbour yacht club sydney to hobart wild oats xi



Thousands of cars issued recall after defect found

CAR RECALL: The Mazda2 (DE) was one of three Mazda models recalled with the same issue.

Three popular Mazda models recalled after defect found

Optus' $4 million plan to end blackspots in Coffs

Optus and Telstra are giving assurances 3G and 4G coverage will improve on the Coffs Coast.

Irritating drops in coverage may finally be a thing of the past.

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

Local Partners

Weekly markets in Coffs: good or bad?

The frequency of markets that take place in the area was a hot topic on social media this week, with the suggestion the stalls are hurting local business.


Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Jackass crew eye off the Big Banana

WILD SHOW: The Jackass crew  a promise a wild Coffs Harbour show.

Iconic Coffs landmark grabs Jackass crew's attention

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

MACKAY will play host to one of the world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John later this year.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trespass Against Us a 'tender' crime film

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from the movie Trespass Against Us.

Tough British film about criminal clan proves touching

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

Flooding hits the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fears crocodiles and hippos could infiltrate I'm A Celeb camp

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

Nadia visits Coast to escape Married At First Sight drama

Married At First Sight's Nadia Stamp takes a breather from the show's drama at Mooloolaba.

MAFS bride unwinds on the Coast ahead of commitment ceremony

Growth in property prices

MARKET ANALYSIS: Capital growth has increased for property owners over the past two years.

What this means to us locals

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

What would make renting better?

HAVE YOUR SAY: What would make renting better?

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Bidding could start at $1.4M for sought after property

Farrell McCrohon's Jojo Newby rides on a property recently listed at Buccarumbi

One of largest rural properties on market to go under hammer today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!