Sea Rescue – Hout Bay – 27 January, 2011: Inflatable Trimaran escorted into harbour.
Four Russian sailors sailing the inflatable trimaran TriEnergyDiet were escorted into Hout Bay harbour by NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bays rescue boats after they took enormous waves over the bow of their inflatable trimaran at Outer Komm, near Kommetjie, in up to 40 knot gusting winds.
Two of the sailors had been washed overboard when they took an 8 metre wave over the bow but on the NSRI’s arrival on-scene it was confirmed that they were all safe aboard their yacht, not injured, and refused any sea rescue assistance.
After eye-witnesses on-shore reported the incident, claiming that the inflatable craft appeared to have been swamped by waves, a full-scale sea rescue operation was launched and sea rescue craft from NSRI Kommetjie and NSRI Hout Bay responded.
“We knew it was them,” said NSRI Kommetjie deputy station commander Tom Coetzee, “the NSRI has been monitoring their progress since they departed Durban and yesterday NSRI Agulhas and NSRI Hermanus were placed on alert after the sailors reported to have encountered adverse weather. They decided to press on through the night reaching Simonstown in early afternoon and deciding to attempt to continue on to Table Bay in Cape Town.
“On arrival on-scene they refused any assistance from us and they sailed comfortably into Hout Bay harbour where they were met by the Hout Bay Yacht Clubs hospitality.
Brad Geyser, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said that the sailors will effect repairs to their yacht, possibly continuing onto the Royal Cape Yacht Club, before continuing on their voyage which we believe to be Namibia and then Brazil.
“Coming around Cape Point this afternoon they were doing about 20 knots before deciding to rather make for Hout Bay harbour (abandoning attempts to get to Table Bay) but it appears they came in on the inside of “Outer Komm”, a well known surf spot and renowned for its big swell caused by a reef, and that’s where they ran into some difficulties. They were getting close to being washed ashore before sea rescue craft arrived on-scene but they were quite obviously determined not to accept help so we escorted them for safety and they sailed in comfortably unassisted”, said Brad.
They are attempting a circumnavigation record in an inflatable Trimaran.
More of the sailors expedition can be found on www.energydiethd.com.