Fruktansvärt tråkigt att läsa denna nyhet från Helsingin Sanomat 😢
Vi känner med Arto och hela teamet.
Alla som driver offshore-projekt vet att det är en lång rad av besvikelser och saker som inte alls blir som man har tänkt sig. Men att tvingas överge en helt ny båt på detta sätt är något utöver det vanliga.
Det lär ha varit hårt väder då olyckan inträffade under en transport från Cascais i Portugal till Gosport i UK, men det finns inga officiella uppgifter om fårhållanden på platsen.
Artikeln översatt med Google Translate:
The most expensive Finnish sailors’ Tulikettu sailing ship collided with a mysterious target in the North Atlantic and disappeared.
Finnish skipper and boat team owner Arto Linnervuo assures that the sailing project aimed at the world’s largest offshore sailing will continue despite the loss of Tuliketu. “The more wet the rag on my face, the more strongly I want to achieve the set goals.”
The boat, christened a fire, was built at the Composite Builders shipyard in the United States. The speed of the boat rose to 30 knots, more than 55 kilometers per hour.
ARTO LINNERVUO’s expensive dream of sailing on the high seas suffered a huge setback when the carbon-fiber-fired Tulikettu ship disappeared in the North Atlantic last week.
A firefighter hit an unknown target under the boat on Monday, April 18th. The boat was sailing from Cascais, Portugal back to the team base in Gosport, England.
There were four members of the crew in the boat at the time of the accident, who survived unscathed and have already returned to their families in Britain.
The crew was evacuated from the ship to the tanker on April 20 after it fired an emergency transmitter. The firecracker had to be abandoned at sea.
“We realized that such activities have their own risks and dangers. Our safety system played and the crew was brought to safety. There are all kinds of roaring at sea. We don’t even guess what it could have been, ”says Linnervuo.
The search for a boat left at sea was stopped on Friday. Tuliketun was due to take part in its first competition on Saturday, April 30th. At the time of losing the boat, there was no Finnish race crew.
“The situation is the same as a Formula 1 stable would lose its car next season in the winter tests. The boat ended sadly. This was a crushing setback for the project, but I haven’t even considered it coming to an end. A new chapter begins, ”Linnervuo says broken to HS.
According to Linnervuo, one cannot talk about sinking a boat because it might as well drift somewhere in the Atlantic. In any case, it has not been found and may have sunk.
According to LINNERVUO, the team will continue to compete with other boats of the yacht club he founded in Finland, but the team plans to return to the legendary international offshore races with a new offshore sailing boat as soon as possible.
“Now there is a lot of paperwork and laundry left to be washed away. It was lucky in the accident that we had time to sail the boat for almost 5,000 nautical miles. We showed that the boat meets and even exceeds the requirements for achieving the goals, ”says Linnervuo.
The boat had insurance. Linnervuo does not disclose the price of a ship completed in the United States at the Composite Builders shipyard in Michigan.
The Infiniti 52 boat, known in Finnish as Tulikettu, was the yard’s first ship of its kind. Linnervuo’s all-Finnish fleet was a kind of mannequin team of Infiniti Yachts, which specializes in wing-assisted boats.
The crew also included Stu Bannatyne from New Zealand, one of the most experienced offshore sailors in the world.
Bannatyne says she is shocked to hear about the sinking of Tuliketu.
“I was in complete shock and sorrow. The boat was extremely comfortable to drive and trim. The Fireworks were a real step forward in the technology and performance of the 52-foot offshore racing boats. I look forward to rejoining Arto again, ”says Bannatyne.
The goal of the FINNISH PROJECT was to win one of the largest offshore races in the world, such as the Sydney – Hobart race, Fastnet in England, the Caribbean 600 race or the original Transatlantic race from Newport to the United States to England.
In addition, Linnervuo’s goal was to conquer the entire Royal Ocean Racing Club offshore sailing series (RORC) in either 2022 or 2023.
In July 2022, the RORC series will compete for the first time in 600 nautical miles, or about 1,100 kilometers, of continuous offshore sailing in the Baltic Sea, where the start and finish are in Helsinki.
Now it is sailed without the Tulikettu boat.
“Losing such a revolutionary boat is one of the hardest situations in my life after years of hard work. Giving up our goals to win something big with the Finnish team in the world’s most legendary offshore races would be something even worse. The more wet the rag on my face, the more strongly I want to achieve the set goals, ”says Linnervuo.