“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Dalling in Trouble: Boom Breaks

By Richard Crockett

Bruce Dalling, the South African entrant in the singlehanded transatlantic yacht race, is in trouble 300 miles out in the Atlantic after his boom broke in a high wind yesterday, reported the Cape Times on 4 June 1968.

He fashioned a jury rig and was not turning back.

The incident happened when he was trying to reef the mainsail in a Force 7 wind. The boom swung out and broke at the gooseneck and blew overboard, taking five hours to get it back on board.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE:  1968 06 04 – Cape Times – Bruce Dalling Archives – S&A – 002457_Redacted – OCR

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