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it was already. Our mast was a 21.5-metre carbon spar, supported by two stays – a cap shroud and a lower – on either side, with no spreaders. We had a roller-furling jib and a prod with a roller-furling gennaker. First, we had to undo the 16mm Dyform wire cap shrouds and the starboard lower. Then we had to lift and heave them overboard as gently as possible to avoid causing further damage. There was no way we could save the mainsail, nor could we get the headsails back onboard since they, too, were attached to the top of the mast, which was at least 10 metres underwater. So we had to cut away the mainsail from the track cars and reefing lines, unshackle the jib furler and let them go. All our sheets were 16mm thick, and the halyards and reefing lines were not much finer. In all, there were about 14 halyards, reefing lines and sheets to be cut – sawn through with the emergency knife we kept by the saloon door. I tackled those while Damian worked to isolate the power to the mast so we could cut all the electrical cables – AIS and VHF antennae, radar, wind instruments, lights – that run up the inside of the mast. Meanwhile, the boom was still attached to the mast at the gooseneck. It had smashed the solar panels, scattering glass rubble over the deck, and was resting on the cabin top. If it went overboard still attached to the mast, it could take out the helm station on the way, possibly leaving us unable to steer, so we spent some time struggling to get the big steel bolt out of the gooseneck. But when we finally detached the boom and cut the mast free of the boat, we realised that the gennaker was not only attached to the top of the mast, but was still attached to the prod on the bow. The wire stay keeping the prod upright had broken, so the tip of the prod was now in the water. In effect, the whole rig – now about 25 metres below the surface – was acting like an enormous sea anchor. There was no way of reaching the end of the prod from on deck. At first, we thought to disconnect the prod at the bow, but it was still attached to two bobstays that, in turn, were attached to the bows of the boat. “We knew immediately what had happened: we'd lost the mast...” Damian worked to isolate power to the mast so we could cut the electrical cables that run up inside the mast. The boom had smashed the solar panels ➤ loa 15.8m ➤ beam 8.6m ➤ draft 1.35m, boards up; 2.6m, boards down ➤ displacement 17,000kg ➤ cabins ‘Owner’ version – three cabins ➤ engine Twin Volvo 78hp TMD turbos ➤ solar panels 8 x 130 watts ➤ generator Northern Lights 4.5KvA ➤ fuel capacity 1000 litres ➤ water capacity 800 litres, plus Spectra watermaker 60lph ➤ rig Cutter rig, with roller furling jib and masthead furling gennaker on prodder. Sail area (main, jib, gennaker) 280m2 ➤ designer Christophe Barreau Sel Citron 2003 Catana 521 catamaran Sel Citron is a 2003 Catana 521 catamaran. A blue water performance cruiser, the boat had sailed from France to Australia and back to New Zealand before Australians Damian Clark and Kerry Lorimer bought her in 2012, with the idea of sailing around the world on the ‘No Plan’ plan: no fixed itinerary, no fixed timeframe. This was their first season’s cruising. 021477 subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 39 subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 39 Feature_Sel Citrion_dismasting_Feb14.indd 39 17/01/2014 2:06:25 p.m.
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