Thank you for visiting the Clyde Challenger website.  Following the evacuation of crew and loss of the vessel at sea on the 11 February 2017 the shore team are currently focused on getting the crew home and investigating options for continuing to make the ocean sailing experience available to all.  in the meantime you can continue to browse our website and proposed schedule by following the links above.

 

We will also be working closely with the authorities during this time to assist investigators in ascertaining what happened and if any lessons can be learned.   If you have an urgent query please do not hesitate to contact us via email on enquiries@clydechallenger.co.uk.  You can also check out our twitter feed, @clydechallenger and FaceBook page “Clyde Challenger” for the most recent updates.

 

Whilst we consider options for our 2017 schedule the bookings system and current offers will remain open.  New bookings will not be confirmed until arrangements have been confirmed and no deposits will be taken until the 2017 schedule plans are confirmed.

 

The official statement regarding the loss of Clyde Challenger is copied below;

Ultimate Atlantic Shore Team Update 11 Feb 2017  18:15

Following assessment of the damage caused to Clyde Challenger during the evening of 9th February 2017 and transfer of all crew from the vessel it is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the Clipper 60 Ocean racing yacht Clyde Challenger (ex. Chrysolite Clipper) has been Scuttled with the assistance of the UK Navy.  She went down at  45^ 13.42N 017^07.5W at 17:30 UTC.

 

Many recovery options were investigated with the co-operation of the coastguard and insurers.  Due to her current position, 7-10 day forecast, risk to other vessels and considering the damage sustained it was concluded that the only safe option was to ensure the vessel posed no further risk to person or marine traffic.

 

Commenting on the recent events owner Glenn Porter stated “Despite sustaining significant damage in the evening of Thursday 9th February Clyde Challenger continued to provide safe refuge for her crew until they could be transferred with minimal risk off the yacht by the UK Navy.  It is sad to see the loss of Scotland’s Clipper 60, she will be sorely missed by many.”

 

Our immediate task now is to get the crew back home and provide all co-operation necessary to the authorities investigating the incident.  The team at Clyde Challenger will also be working on options to move forward with our aim to “make the ocean racing experience available to all” and will keep our many followers and supporters updated through our social media channels.