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14 November 2005, 11:46 am
TIM Progetto Italia Capsizes
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Transat Jaques Vabre 2005

Whilst navigating through the Doldrums in manageable but variable conditions, Italian team Giovanni SOLDINI and Vittorio MALINGRI capsized on the ORMA trimaran TIM Progetto Italia 400m South West of Dakar (Senegal) at approximately 0515 GMT this morning. The boat was sailing at average speeds and Giovanni had switched to autopilot for the time it would take him to trim the sails.

But the electronics failed and the trimaran luffed too quickly for the skipper to take the helm and control the boat, which slowly lifted up and capsized. Both Giovanni and Vittorio were unharmed and have not set off their EPRIB distress beacon. Their shore team are currently working out a solution to get a tow out to the boat.

Conditions in the area were favourable as the sea was flat, and the wind wasn't too strong even if it was quite variable. The team has a stock of food and fresh water for the time being and so will stay with the boat until the eventual towing vessel is on the scene.

Mary Ambler (As Amended By ISAF) Image: © Event Media
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