Urgent – Cheeki Rafiki

The Beneteau 40 yacht Cheeki Rafiki has probably been abandoned some 620 miles east of Cape Cod.

This is an ARC 2013 yacht and will be well equipped. The crew will be well trained. They will take ditch bags into the liferaft. We were trained in Sea Survival by military trainers and we are sure they will have endured the same.

The crew set off locator beacons and their location was recorded. A cargo ship appears to have photographed the hull, upturned, the keel gone. The weather in the area was poor.

The loss of Cheeki Rafiki and her four crew, when confirmed, really rocked and saddened the St Martin sailing community. We had all hoped for a very different outcome.

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