Yacht Charlotte Jane III abandoned after catastrophic steering failure. 01/12/2021
The five-man British crew of Charlotte Jane III were evacuated onto another ARC yacht today (01 December) after a catastrophic steering failure left the vessel disabled.Skipper Paul Hutley had raised concerns during the night of 30/11>01/12 after the yacht’s starboard side steering on the twin-wheel Hanse 588 broke. The mechanical linkage failed, and the steering quadrant came adrift from the baseplate shearing the fixing screws. With difficulty steering in the weather and sea conditions overnight, the crew deployed a drogue to slow the yacht down and stabilise their position. ARC yacht Polygala stood-by over-night to assist if needed. Around 09:00UTC today, a MAYDAY was called by Skipper Paul, when the port steering control also failed, causing damage to the emergency steering, and... Click here for more info..