Team Hexagram 59 Suffers Boat Problems in R2AK

Piper and Norton trying to fix their Hobie 20 for a third time. From R2AK's Facebook page.

Piper and Norton are working to fix their leaking Hobie 20. From R2AK’s Facebook page…

From Small Craft Advisor blog

Conditions were challenging enough today that several teams (PT’s Team Turn Point Design custom catamaran, Team Pure & Wild’s proa, Team Real Thing’s L-7 tri among others) facing mechanical difficulties dropped from the race completely, and many others like Soggy Beavers in their OC-6 and Team Barefoot Boats in their open monohull tucked into harbor for extended rest.

Team Hexagram 59, Piper and Norton’s Hobie 20, up near the front of the pack all day, struck a rock in the boisterous seas, damaging a hull, but made it safely to shore. After some repair work they tried to launch but discovered the boat was still leaking and have decided to stop for another attempt at repairs—probably staying overnight at Schooner Cove Marina north of Nanaimo.

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