The 74 foot long sailboat Hawai‘i Aloha capsized and ran aground along the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Hawai‘i Aloha, loaded with supplies for Christmas Island, headed out to sea with 5 crew after receiving a weather alert. The sailboat was proceeding through rough seas when it was struck broadside by a series of large waves. The sailboat rolled over twice and was demasted. The crew shot off flares before 4 of the 5 crew abandoned ship into a life raft. The flares were spotted from shore and the Hawai‘i Aloha crew were rescued. One crew member was swept overboard during the capsizing. The Coast Guard launched a search and rescue for the missing crew member. The Hawai‘i Aloha is part of the YWAM, Youth With A Mission, fleet of vessels used to provide medical, dental, education and clean water to isolated islands.
The 66 foot long, one-design Volvo Ocean 65 sailboat Team Vestas Wind ran aground in the Indian Ocean on Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius. The vessel had struck the shoal at 15 knots destroying both rudders and causing water ingress into the stern. The nine crew on board abandoned ship and found shelter on a dry section of the reef. The men were later recovered a few hours later by a small coast guard rescue vessel. The men were taken to the islet Íle du Sud, also known as St. Brandon, where they will be able to take a ferry to Mauritius. The Team Vestas Wind had been sailing seven weeks into a nine-month offshore race covering some 38,739 miles. No reports of injuries. Reports state the owners of the 6 million dollar vessel may see if salvage is possible, but it is more likely a total loss.
The 97 meter long suction dredge Crestway collided with the sailboat Rio Scoe off the Hoek van Holland, Netherlands. The sailboat was dis-masted. No one was injured on either vessel. The KNRM lifeboat was dispatched to the scene and took the sailboat under tow back to Harbor Mountain. The water police are conducting an investigation into the incident. No reports of pollution being released.