No gold for silverline
PUBLISHED: 15:34 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010
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THE bad luck that had dogged the Original Style Silverline team throughout the event returned with a vengeance on Monday's final leg of the Round Britain powerboat race. Serious engine damage left the boat unable to sail above 12 knots
THE bad luck that had dogged the Original Style Silverline team throughout the event returned with a vengeance on Monday's final leg of the Round Britain powerboat race. Serious engine damage left the boat unable to sail above 12 knots and that, on top of the earlier overnight gearbox rebuilds and the broken ribs sustained by Ebford's Miles Jennings earlier in the race, summed up the ill fortune that Silverline was left to face in the week long test of endurance for both machine and man.A win in Saturday's leg from Edinburgh to Newcastle had taken the boat back to the top of the RB2 class leader board and into 7th overall in the entire field of boats, but Sunday's leg saw a driveline coupling fail and the team had to call for help from the Cromer lifeboat to limp into port, which meant they conceded top spot in their class with just one leg to race. The final leg served up yet more problems as they were forced to 'retire' from the last section of the race owing to more mechanical problems: "After burning the midnight oil from Sunday into Monday, John Christensen and his hard working engineering team had done a fabulous job to repair the couplings damaged in Sunday's leg to Lowestoft. Sadly, though, we suffered a blown head gasket in the final leg and that rather summed up our luck, leaving us with no option but to 'retire' from the last leg of the race."It was certainly tough on the Silverline crew who had set off last week with such high hopes and, indeed, after a magnificent opening stage where they claimed a big lead, they were entitled to feel that perhaps glory was before them. But this event is arguably one of the toughest that takes place on the seas, anywhere in the world.There was, however, some good news for Jennings, Miles Dalton and Jan Falkowski though, when they heard that with the good results they had registered in the earlier legs of the race they were ultimatley placed 2nd in their class, no mean feat this given the bruised bodies and boat come the conclusion of the week-long race.