Lost rig , Menorca .

grafozz

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My pal has lost his rig in the big storm which just went through the Balearics ,
he is ok but has lost his complete rig and is now in Mahon .
can anyone help with where to obtain a s/hand rig to suit a 38 ft sloop , bearing in mind his location .
he has lost the lot , so sails needed too .
It is a it of a set back for him and his dog , as he is sailing around the world to raise funds for cancer research .
see his website http://www.solosailforcancerresearchuk.co.uk/

Any help would be much appreciated , guys ,
thank you ,
grafozz .
 

charles_reed

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I had a mast fatigue fracture off Cabo Gato.
Spent 3 months in Cartagena trying to replace the mast. I found Spain impossible so took out the broken mast, motored to Mediterranean France and replaced mast and rigging @ about 1/3 Spanish and 1/2 UK offers and the French price included replacement standing rigging and a 45% greater X-section mast.
I'd be pleasantly surprised if his attempts in Spain were to be successful.

How about insurance?
Mine evaded their obligations, claiming wrong fitting was the culprit (every rigger to whom I've spoken since disagrees with their excuse).
 

grafozz

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UPDATE lost rig ,
please read this , from the skipper , Malcolm .


After leaving Sicily for Sardinia I decided as the weather was forecast easterlies for 7 days ,to continue on to Menorca ,and as you know I got hammered Tuesday through till Thursday morning .The wind and seas were violent in the extreme ,the worst I have ever encountered and even though I had set Grace up to heave to ,I had little control and we were thrown from pillar to post.Early Thursday I was in an exhausted doze in the cabin when we where hit by an explosion of noise and water -I when up to check only to see total chaos on deck with lines and cables everywhere ,stanchions bent and just the stump of the mast visible alongside above the the water, with the sails visible below the surface. I knew the mast would sink the boat and was already hammering in to the side of the boat.I decided to cut away everything - very difficult in the conditions as staying on deck ,let alone working was almost impossible.Somehow after 40 minutes the last halyard was cut and the mast and my new sails were on the way to the bottom of the Med.
I waited till the following day for the sea to settle down enough before motoring the 60 miles to Menorca .At midnight I ran out of diesel and asked the Coast Guard for a tow the last 4 miles .Their response was excellent and professional and later while sitting with the captain ,he told me wind the exceeded force 10 ,and on the island the max recorded wind speed was 120 kph -the worst in 10 years,causing damage to trees and buildings.
What now? Well BB Grace and I will carry on as planned and I will rebuild the rig .I know my budget does not allow for this but I have no choice really,as I am committed to the charity,so will let the future look after itself. To be a member of the solo circumnavigators club requires high entrance fees and it is not meant to be easy.
Sorry I have caused worry to you and the family,but on the bright side we live to sail another day. will try to get a better sky
 
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