Last week, ORMA60 TVS dropped her wing-mast rig in the early stages of a Wednesday evening race on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor. Sail World is now featuring a video taken by a spectator capturing the actual moment of the dismasting as TeamVodafoneSailing was flying two hulls and traveling at over 25 knots when a shroud gave way.
She was leading the race at the time, but was being pursued by the prototype AC45 sailed by Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker at the time time of the incident. The AC45 was reported to be catching TVS, but had not yet passed her. No injuries were reported to the crew, and damage to the wingsail is also reported to be minimal.
To see the video, go to www.sail-world.com.