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"Well-wishers welcomed the crew home"
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Team Philips skipper Pete Goss
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Saturday, 1 April, 2000, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
Super yacht limps into port
Team Philips
Team Philips limps into port, minus the bow section
Pete Goss's damaged 4m catamaran has limped back into its home port in Devon.

The 120ft-long super yacht Team Philips arrived in Dartmouth early on Saturday after being towed 116 miles from the Scilly Isles.

Parts of the vessel will have to be removed before it can be towed further upstream to a boatyard in Totnes, where it will undergo repairs.

The biggest carbon fibre yacht in the world was severely damaged on Wednesday when a 40ft section of its port bow broke off during sea trials in the Atlantic.

It is hoped it will be mended in time to take part in a round-the-world competition called The Race, which starts on 31 December.

She is now tied up in her home port and we can really get in there and give her some TLC and basically make her right

Pete Goss
Skipper Pete Goss said it was great to be home and added: "We've had a major problem, but we've got on top of it and she is now tied up in her home port and we can really get in there and give her some TLC and basically make her right."

He said he hoped to have her back in the repair yard on 8 April.

Messages of support

Mr Goss said it had been a very emotional morning because he had been keeping his lid on his emotions since the accident.

He thanked well-wishers who had sent money, cake, cards and messages of support.

Mr Goss said the repairs would undoubtedly be expensive but he said they had had great support from their insurers, Sextant.

"This experience has made us more determined to pick up the pieces and get back on track to win The Race.

"People have said such tear-jerking and wonderful things - the support is incredible.

broken bow
The broken bow in the sea
"This has really helped us through this time and given us more determination to ensure that we succeed in getting Team Philips back on the water to sail again."

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

The broken bow was found on Thursday evening, 25 miles south west of the Scillies.

Although the craft was designed to cruise through the waves at over 40 knots, it broke up in winds of 25 knots, only 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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