THE Rally Australia-supported entry of Coffs Harbour yacht C.ex Dolce in the 2015 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race was forced to withdraw within hours of the start after losing its mast.
Owners Pierre Gal and Doug Gayford and their crew lost the 47-foot yacht’s mast during a heavy blow that claimed several entries on the first night on 26 December.
The Coffs Coast Advocate reported the crew was dropping the spinnaker – emblazoned with the Rally Australia logo – at about 9pm in preparation for an approaching southerly change when it hit the water, stopping the yacht.
The crew was unable was to release the sail before it brought the mast down.
The yacht, representing Coffs Harbour Yacht Club, was motored into Jervis Bay and later reported back on its way to Sydney. The crew was not injured.
C.ex Dolce’s entry supported White Ribbon Australia’s campaign to end men’s violence against women. Ten percent of all sponsorship proceeds were to be donated to White Ribbon Australia.