Friday, May 27, 2011

Boom, Crash, Bang at Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul - Day 3

Photo: © Lloyd Images
In Alinghi misjudged their approach at the top mark and rammed into Team Extreme in the fourth race of the day in what was a classic port/starboard incident.

Alinghi tried to bear away behind Team Extreme but didn't make it and instead accelerated into the stern of Roland Gaebler’s (Germany) Team Extreme hurling crew into the water.
Damage caused to Team Extreme Photo: © Lloyd Images
“It was a massive and very loud crash,” said Gaebler. “It was scary, its 1.2 tons of boat crashing into each other. It’s so loud you cannot imagine. It’s like driving a car going from 200km/h to zero, the boat stopped in a second.”
Photo: © Lloyd Images
Alinghi's Yves Detrey sustained an arm injury and was taken ashore.

“We started the day under pressure after two bad races,” said Alinghi's Skipper Tanguy Cariou. 

“We tried to bear away, we lost control of the boat and had a big collision. I fell in the water and the bowman hit the winch. We are of course disappointed and sorry for Team Extreme but its part of the game.” 

Both yachts are expected back on the start line tomorrow.

With a big gash in the port hull, Team Extreme was kept afloat by a support RIB before being towed to the technical area and craned out. Both Alinghi, with bowsprit damage, and Team Extreme were out of the game for the rest of the day. A busy night lays ahead for the support teams in order to get the boats repaired and back racing tomorrow.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
There was plenty of bump and grind during the nine races today held in  the Stadium Sailing format. Alinghi copped a blow at the start of the first race by Emirates Team New Zealand (not their fault) and again by Artemis Racing (their fault).
Alinghi damage © Lloyd Images
Artemis Racing were leading this morning but after losing and regaining the lead several times, they are now in second place behind France’s Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who ut in a strong performance with two firsts and two second places followed by Team New Zealand in third.

“Each day is like a regatta, if you’re in the top four at the end of the day then you have a chance of winning,” said Ray Davies, Emirates Team New Zealand Coach.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul
Current overall standings after Day 3 (27.5.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1st Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 171 points
2nd Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Rodney Ardern / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 170 points
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 163 points
4th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 156 points
5th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 153 points
6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 140 points
7th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk / Jono Macbeth 121 points
8th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 112 points
9th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 112 points
10th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 111 points
11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Nicholas Heintz 88 points

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