Arcadia safe and sound
At approximately 1.45pm on the 10th March 2019 while on the return trip from the King Island race Arcadia with 8 POB hit the Chancellor reef. One crew member was injured on impact but fortunately his injuries weren’t serious. The boat was taking on a small amount of water as a result of the impact so the skipper made the prudent decision to return to Grassy, the nearest safe harbour where medical assistance could be sought and the damage assessed.
The ORCV Race Director activated the incident management team (even after the race was over) and started communications and incident response planning. Meanwhile Vertigo and other nearby yachts had tried to raise Arcadia and prepared to stand by to render assistance. The King Island Boat Club mobilised pumps, a rescue boat, medical assistance and transport just in case. Plan for the worst and hope for the best. Fortunately Arcadia arrived under her own steam and docked at approximately 4.30pm. The injured crew member was whisked off to hospital to seek medical assistance where he was later discharged. After assessing the damage the skipper decided not to try to return to Melbourne, with the keel structure compromised the risk was too great. A flight home seemed a better option.
Duncan (KIBC Commodore) and his wife Julie not only assisted with response planning but hosted the injured crew member and the ORCV Race Director at their home. We thank the local community for their support.
The ORCV Trackers proved invaluable as were the incident management planning that we hope to never have to use. Big thank you to the ORCV Incident Management team for the care they show. Remember next race when the ORCV nags you about your PLB details and race declaration, monitoring VHF 16 on the way home etc please know sometimes our nagging proves very important.
Lessons Learned there will be several no doubt but we look forward to seeing Peter and his Arcadia crew out again in future races. They are part of our sailing community, our friends and we are glad they are safe and well.