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Extreme 40 crash

Alinghi takes out Team Extreme's transom in port-starboard incident

Friday May 27th 2011, Author: Julie Royer, Location: Turkey

There was a big crash between Alinghi and Team Extreme in the fourth race of today at the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul.

The noise of the impact could be heard 500 metres away. In breezy conditions and gusts over 19 knots, the incident occurred in a classic port-starboard incident, as Alinghi tried to duck behind Team Extreme, but didn’t make it and hit Roland Gaebler’s boat hard.

With a large hole in the back of port hull, Team Extreme was kept afloat by a support RIB. They were towed to the technical area and craned out. Both Alinghi, with bow sprit damage, and Team Extreme are out of the game for the rest of the day.

One of the Alinghi crewmen, Yves Detrey, suffered a minor injury in the collision and was taken off the boat just after the crash with an injury to his left arm but confirmed as not serious.

After 18 races Groupe Edmond de Rothschild leads the overall scoreboard tied on points with Artemis Racing.

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