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The BBC's Robert Hall reports
"Examining the damage believed impossible"
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Thursday, 30 March, 2000, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Super yacht's bow found
bow section
The bow section was found 25 miles out to sea
The missing bow section of Pete Goss's 4m catamaran has been found.

The section, which snapped off during the third day of Atlantic sea trials on Wednesday, has been located 25 miles south west off the Isles of Scilly.

Andy Hindley, Mr Goss's second in command, and Keith Fennell, the build production manager, were lent a plane by supporter John Frewer.

They scoured the sea looking for the detached bow section, and found it at 1730BST.

Now a boat will head to the site to salvage it.

A spokeswoman for Team Philips said: "The bow has been found which is great news. We are all very excited.

Team philips
The stricken catamaran
"Now we need to send a boat to salvage the bow which we believe is still in one piece."

The search was based on the wind direction, tidal patterns and local knowledge supplied by the Harbour Master, Geoff Penhaligon.

Team Philips is set to be towed to her home harbour in Devon in the early hours of Friday.

Skipper Pete Goss believes the super yacht will be repaired and his aim is still to win a round the world yacht race starting on 31 December.

He said: "The whole aim of this project is to win The Race and that has not changed.

"We have had something far greater than we could have anticipated and we are all pulling together.

"It will take longer to resolve, but we will do it. We just need some time to regroup and get ourselves organised.

Running on adrenalin

The catamaran that was designed to beat the world's fastest ocean racers was towed into St Mary's after encountering problems over 20 miles north-west of the Scillies.

The 120ft-long boat, the world's largest carbon fibre structure, is now anchored to a buoy, the remains of her shattered port bow supported by giant air bags.

Mr Goss and his five-man crew spent the night aboard the vessel, boosted by food and drink boated out to them by local people.

Mr Goss recalled the nightmare events saying his team had been running on adrenalin.

He said: "When we actually got the boat back to the Scillies and anchored it up it suddenly hit us.

pete goss
Goss: The Race is still the aim
"We had been running on adrenalin all day."

April's attempt on the Jules Verne round-the-world speed sailing record, a trial for The Race, has been cancelled.

Designed to pierce the huge waves of the Southern Ocean waves at over 40 knots, the craft began to break up in winds of 25 knots, just two weeks after the Queen officially named her.

Mr Goss became a global hero when he turned back in a Southern Ocean hurricane to rescue fellow competitor Raphael Dinelli in the 1996-97 Vendee Globe round-the-world single handed race.

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