Super Servant 4, one of the ships in DYT Yacht Transport’s fleet of yacht transporters, diverted six miles from its course to Saint Thomas to assist racing sailors Thierry Chabagny and Erwan Tabarly aboard their dismasted yacht Gedimat, which had radioed the ship for help on April 23.
The 32-foot Figaro Beneteau II is competing in the Transat AG2R La Mondiale, a 3,890-mile double-handed race that began on April 6 from France and is due to finish at the French Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy.
Gedimat had dismasted during a gale and its diesel had run dry as the vessel tried to reach the island of Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago 250 miles north of the Canary Islands in the North Atlantic.
With no reported injuries or problems with health aboard Gedimat, Super Servant 4 – which was 180 miles west of Madeira at the time of the call – proceeded to divert and deliver two drums with 20 liters of diesel in each, to Gedimat. The two drums were thrown into the water, connected to a third empty drum with a light. The crew was successful in bringing the drums aboard with no additional assistance in the 20-knot breezes and two-meter swells.
Gedimat was leading the fleet at the time of the rig failure and had approximately 1,900 miles to go to reach Saint Barthelemy. In an email, the co-skippers wrote:
"The Super Servant diverted and threw two jerry cans of 20 liters. This should be enough for us to reach Madeira with ETA Friday (April 25) afternoon. The conditions are not ideal for drive motor (sea headwind ), but progress is still a small 5 knots. The idea is to refuel in Madeira and to proceed to Lagos (Portugal) in the wake where a carrier is waiting for us. Thank you. Until soon. Chab & Tab."