Alinghi and Team Extreme Crash Big

We know you all love a good crash!

Day 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul produced the biggest crash since the Ecover crash in Almeria in 2009. In gusty conditions, approaching the top mark, Alinghi piled into Team Extreme in the fourth race of a big 9 race day. It was a classic port/starboard incident, as Alinghi tried to bear away behind Team Extreme but rather than make it, instead accelerated into the stern of Roland Gaebler’s Team Extreme. A crewman from each of the boats was hurled into the water: “It was a massive and very loud crash,” said Gaebler. “It was scary–it’s 1.2 tons of boat crashing into each other. It’s so loud you cannot imagine.”

From Alinghi, Yves Detrey was taken off the boat just after the crash with an injury to his left arm, but this was soon confirmed as not serious. “We started the day under pressure after two bad races,” said Alinghi 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 it’s part of the game.”

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

For the complete story and video footage of the crash, go to www.extremesailingseries.com.

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