At 1430 hours local time the start gun sounded and immediately four of the boats were into some serious fender bending. The spectacular 40 foot multihulls squeezed together and exchanged some paint. It was obvious that these sailors were pushing it hard. As a result of this collision, Basilica, skippered by Hugh STYLES (GBR), had to pull out of the race with a hole in the hull.
BROUWER recently switched from sailing a Europe dinghy to a Tornado with her Belgian boy friend Sebastian GODEFROID. The duo form the core of the team of four sailing the VOX 40's. She was delighted about the wins yesterday.
'We sailed well today,' she said at the dock after the racing. 'I have a great team behind me. We won all the races on good positioning and near perfect boathandling.'
Creator of the boat and the initiator of the event BOOTH had mixed feelings about this debut day for the class. 'It is great to see these boats out racing. With twelve to 15 knots of wind and this chop these boats gave us a great ride. They are like wild bronco's, hitting 15 knots upwind and well over 20 knots on the reaches. I must compliment Carolijn and her team. We sail short race courses, so boathandling is very important and they did a fabulous job.'
But BOOTH was not so happy with all the damage. 'Maybe we are pushing it too hard. I am not sure what happened to Basilica. I hope they can race tomorrow.'
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