Coutts injured in capsize

BMW Oracle Racing flip one of their Extreme 40 catamarans during training

Wednesday May 21st 2008, Author: Jane Eagleson, Location: United Kingdom
During BMW Oracle Racing’s in-house regatta in their two Extreme 40 catamarans today, one of the boats capsized during an exciting downwind luffing match.

While no one was hurt during the capsize, but team CEO/Skipper Russell Coutts (NZL) sustained a minor injury while the crew were attempting to right the boat. His leg was cut, and required nine stitches.

The other crew on board with Coutts were helmsman Franck Cammas (FRA), Jonathan Macbeth (NZL) and Alberto Barovier (ITA). There were no other injuries.

During the retrieval of the catamaran, the mast broke. The boat and mast were towed back to the team base for repairs.

The team was race training off Valencia in 17-20 knots of wind.

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