Sailing: Richards forced to pull out
Tuesday 24 May 2005
Tough conditions in the Channel forced Emma Richards to retire from the Calais Round Britain Race after just 15 hours at sea yesterday but her fellow-Briton Mike Golding was disputing the lead with his arch rival, Roland Jourdain, as the remaining six yachts faced strengthening winds overnight.
Golding's Open 60, Ecover, took a more northerly route and picked up a favourable current off Portland Bill. But he was 30 miles further north of Jourdain in Sill et Veolia and the race organisers had lost contact with the Frenchman as both his satellite communications systems failed.
Suffering far more was Richards in Pindar Alphagraphics, who saw the smaller of her headsails disintegrate as the wind piped up over 25 knots. The crew, which includes the Volvo Race skipper, Sébastien Josse, tried to use a bigger replacement and that resulted in ripping the attachment out of the deck. "We have no upwind sails for between eight and 25 knots and, considering the forecast is entirely this, we would not make it round," said Richards, heading for Portsmouth and home. "We are very disappointed."
But Golding, who has his own on-board Volvo skipper in the shape of Neal McDonald, was relishing the fight. As he headed for a turning point at Bishop Rock, off the Scillies, and some fast reaching conditions to Black Rock on the south-west corner of Ireland, he was in upbeat mood. "All's well, but it was quite a busy night, pretty blustery. We are in good shape," he said.
While Sill was thought to be hanging on to a slender of lead of just a couple of miles, Golding was about 14 miles ahead of Bernard Stamm in Cheminées Poujoulat and a further four ahead of Jean le Cam in Bonduelle.
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo: Unhappy forward is ready to quit Real Madrid, according to Angel Di Maria
Commonwealth Games 2014: Australia launch Glasgow swimwear - but are criticised for drawing attention to the 'crotch' area
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp concerned with Dortmund injuries and praises signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez
Hull City vs West Ham match report: Enner Valencia stars as honours shared at the KC Stadium
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United: Ramon Calderon claims Real Madrid star is 'fed up'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
£45000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Chelmsf...
£25000 - £30000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client are cur...
£23500 - £40000 per annum: Randstad Education Plymouth: Randstad Education Ltd...
£60000 - £80000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Corporate Marketing Communications M...