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Scarlet Logic retires from RBI

Minutes after the last blog was published Ross from Scarlet Logic contacted us to inform us that a crew member has sustained a dislocated shoulder. After consultation with the coastguard Scarlet promptly diverted to the Orkeny Islands to ensure crew member Richard could receive medical attention as soon as possible - he is now recovering in hospital. 

Ross has reviewed the circumstances in which the crew now find themselves - the conditions have been tough so far and are set to worsen with a deep Low pressure system passing to the North of Scotland which would result in the crew beating into gale force winds - whilst missing a key member of the crew. 

Ross has taken the brave decision to retire from the race and comments:  

"Crew member Richard was safely transferred to the Kirkwall lifeboat at just before midnight on Friday night.

The weather moving in from the west had been of concern to us, to pass Sular Sgeir would now entail a beat in gale force conditions, compounding the already challenging conditions we were expecting. We feel that having called upon the assistance of the coastguard and RNLI it would be inappropriate to head back on to the race course at this stage.

Having studied the forecast, it seems that we would be waiting at least 48hrs to get a sensible weather window to round Sular Sgair, the later part of our race would then see very light winds, delaying our finish further.

We have taken the difficult but perhaps inevitable decision to retire from the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race. It has been a memorable race, with some fantastic and challenging sailing with a great team. We are very proud to have lead our class for such a long part of the race.

This race is over for us, we wish our fellow competitors safe and rewarding sailing for the remainder of the race, we will come back out fighting the next time!

We would like to thank the very professional Shetland coastguard, and the dedicated capable team aboard the Kirkwell RNLI Lifeboat for their invaluable assistance with getting Richard the quickest possible medical assistance."

Sailing Logic fully support this decision and we know how disappointing this will be for the crew who have been training together for this race since June and were so thrilled to be leading class by a comfortable margin. We wish Richard a speedy recovery and all remaining competitors (friends and foes!) the best of luck for a safe race.
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