|Beyond Thunderdome sailing in Sydney sometime prior to 1993|
The race marked something of a return to offshore racing for Gibbs, following a focus on inshore sailing on a couple of Etchells yachts (Swuzzlebubble VI and VII) which he campaigned sometime between 1986 and 1993.
|Swuzzlebubble VIII makes her way to the start of the 1993 Sydney-Hobart race (photo Gibbs Family Collection)|
|Swuzzlebubble VIII in the early stages of the race to Hobart|
|The mast stump|
Fortunately all the crew on deck were harnessed on and were able to be recovered. Down below the crew worked frantically to plug the hull and pump out seawater, while looking after a badly injured Gibbs. The remainder of the rig was then cut off, the no.3 headsail was deployed as a sea anchor and the crew bailed the yacht while other yachts stood nearby. Eventually the flooded engine was brought to life and the crew motored for 12 hours towards Eden Harbour to join some of the record 66 yachts that had retired from the race.
The boat suffered extensive damage and after being considered write off by her insurers the yacht was rescued by a couple of Australian yachtsmen, and it is understood that she returned to racing and as of 2006-07 was sailing from her port of Brisbane.
|The bow pulpit was torn off by the force of the wave that capsized Swuzzlebubble VIII (photo Gibbs Family Collection)|
|Damage to the cabin structure is clearly evident here (photo Gibbs Family Collection)|