Butterfly arrives in port, ready to sail again

20 August 2011

Butterfly arrives in port, ready to sail again

The smallest vessel in the Regatta fleet, Butterfly (Poland), the 9.5m Bermudan sloop, arrived in port yesterday evening in the height of the storm after a three-day 250 mile passage from Szczecin. 

Butterfly had been delayed having gallantly towed another Bemudan Sloop, Endorfina (Poland), into Szczecin following her engine failure at the end of the summer Tall Ships Race. 

Unfortunately Endorfina’s engine problems could not be fixed in time for her to join the Culture 2011 Regatta fleet however Butterfly, with her eight crew, has arrived just in time. 

“The winds starting to increased yesterday morning and reached storm force by noon, so it was a relief to get into port here in Klaipeda, but we look forward to getting back out to sea for the race start tomorrow” said second Captain Joanna Stainik.  “Some of the seven women and one man crew have not sailed before and as a sail training vessel we very much look forward to teaching them.”

Conditions are forecast to ease very much overnight and prior to the fleet undocking from 10.30am local time.  

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