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Sail racers crash in close quarters

There was a big crash between the sailing catamarans Alinghi and Team Extreme in the fourth race at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series recently held in Istanbul. The cracking noise of the impact could be heard more than 1,600 feet away.

In breezy conditions and gusts over 19 knots, it was a classic port/starboard incident, as Alinghi tried to go behind Team Extreme but didn’t make it and hit the other 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.

Click here to watch the crash captured on video.