Studie av et mastebrekk
TP 52 flåten konkurrerer i Hyeres og i går mistet en av favorittene masten uten forvarsel. Se og studer fotoserien.
«Siemens», seilte på full kryss da masten bare knakk i flere biter. Det kan virke som om det skjer noe med akterstaget for plutselig sagger forstaget mye. Så kommer riggen pent ned i le, og ingen ble heldigvis skadet.
Skipperen på «Siemens», Guillermo Parada forteller
–We were going up the first beat on port tack, and it was about ten minutes after the start. The boat was going really well. We suddenly heard a huge crack and when we looked up the mast was falling. We still don’t know what exactly happened, nor are we in a situation to make any hypothesis. We are going to organize everything and wait to see what the technicians have to say in analysis to see what went wrong. We were sailing the first beat with the sails fully powered up. We were in a flat part of the water and there weren’t any particularly large waves or anything that could have caused it. These things happen- we were racing and were going really fast- the boat was literally flying.
Det er «Artemis» med den svenske eieren Torbjørn Tornquist til rors som leder etter å tatt to seiere i går. Med seg har han Russell Coutts som taktikker.
Fotos Nico Martinez, Trophee Hyeres