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Friday, 17 August, 2001, 22:21 GMT 23:21 UK
Wreckage of superyacht found
Pete Goss in accommodation pod
Pete Goss in Team Philips before the ill-fated trip
Part of the Team Philips catamaran abandoned in stormy Atlantic seas has been discovered 90 miles west of the Shetland Islands.

A salvage operation is now underway to recover a section of the yacht which skipper Peter Goss and his crew were forced to abandon last December.


We want it out the way because if it is blown towards shore or nearby fishing nets it could pose a danger to smaller vessels

Coastguards spokesman Mark Clark
Coastguards said a survey vessel working in the Foinaven oil and gas fields spotted the wreck.

They believe the wreck is a substantial part of the revolutionary carbon fibre super yacht.

Recovery underway

A joint operation by recovery crews from Britain and the Faroe Islands is under way, according to British Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman Mark Clark.

Pete Goss
Skipper Pete Goss is away on holiday
The survey vessel GEO Pacific, which spotted the wreck, has pulled up alongside it, awaiting assistance.

A Faroe Islands coastguard vessel, the Brimil, is due to arrive by midnight to tow the catamaran back to Thorshavn in the Faroe Islands, Mr Clark said.

"The survey crew spotted the debris and it was clear from markings and the colour that this was a large section of Pete Goss's catamaran.

"We want it out the way because if it is blown towards shore or nearby fishing nets it could pose a danger to smaller vessels.

"The lump is ... large enough to show up on radar."

Final blow

Earlier in the year, some wreckage from the 4.5m vessel was found 25 miles off the Irish north Mayo coast.

The loss of the superyacht, which was built in Totnes, Devon, was the final blow for the troubled project.

During her first sea trials off the Scilly Islands, one of her bows snapped off and during later tests problems developed with one of her masts.

In December, while undergoing final preparations out in the Atlantic for The Race, cracks developed in her accommodation pod.

After a battle to escape ferocious winds and huge waves, the crew were forced to abandon the revolutionary 4m catamaran.

After the loss of the boat, the companies Goss Challenges Ltd and Goss Composites Ltd, set up in Totnes, found themselves in financial difficulties and were voluntarily wound up in April this year.

A friend of Goss said that the yachtsman was on holiday and had no comment about the discovery.



Troubled history

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