In the fourth race on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 from Cowes, France's Groupe Edmond de Rothschild ploughed into Sweden's Artemis Racing at the top mark resulting in severe damage to both boats - bad enough to end their racing for the day.
The breezy conditions on the second day of Act 5, with 20-25 knots steady breeze with bigger gusts earlier in the day, the 12-boat fleet was split into two groups of 6 and raced with reefed mainsails and no gennakers. The first group raced three races and the action was pretty spectacular as the Extreme 40 crews manhandled their boats around the tight stadium racecourse off Egypt Point, Cowes. It was in the first race for the second group that the collision happened between Artemis Racing
and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.
, helmed by Santiago Lange, tacked in for the top mark on to starboard in front of Groupe Edmond to Rothschild
, who were on port. Artemis Racing
went through the tack and Pierre Pennec attempted to bear away around her stern, but the boats crashed - two of the French crew were thrown into the water. The impact was heard by thousands of spectators along the shore - a record crowd in the history of the event - who have been experiencing amazing close up Stadium Racing all afternoon. As a matter of course, the jury will hold a hearing in the morning.
has severe damage to the rear of their port hull and immediately called for a pump as they returned to the dock (later Santi Lange was transferred to shore for stitches). Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
has sustained serious damage to their port bow and made their way slowly back under tow to the pitlane.
It is the two British helmsman of Paul Campbell-James (Luna Rossa
) and Leigh McMillan (The Wave, Muscat
) who are sitting pretty at the top of the overall leaderboard tonight, clearly using their knowledge of 'home' waters to the best of their abilities. Despite missing three races this afternoon, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
are still in third place. The Swiss team of Alinghi
, Roman Hagara's Red Bull Extreme Sailing
and Team GAC Pindar
, skippered by Britain's Ian Williams, are all tied on 42 points.
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
Current overall standings after 9 races, Day 2 (7.8.11)
Position / Team / Skipper / Points
1st Luna Rossa (ITA) Max Sirena 60 points
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan 51 points
3rd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) Pierre Pennec 43 points
4th Alinghi (SUI) Tanguy Cariou 42 points
5th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT) Roman Hagara 42 points
6th Team GAC Pindar (GBR) Ian Williams 42 points
7th Oman Air (OMA) Sidney Gavignet 33 points
8th Artemis Racing (SWE) Santiago Lange 27 points
9th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Adam Beashel 26 points
10th Niceforyou (ITA) Alberto Barovieri 24 points
11th Aberdeen Asset Management (GBR) John Pink 23 points
12th Team Extreme (EUR) Roland Gaebler 12 points
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