Big, big winds and even bigger gusts put paid to today’s first day of racing in the Kiel Cup.
And it was one of those gusts that saw Alinghi in the drink, with a wildly shifting breeze causing a capsize during the media sailing session – as these spectacular photos attest. Thankfully all onboard were fine and Morgan Larson and the team returned their boat to the vertical with only a minimum of damage, though the team is hoping for a new mast head unit to arrive tomorrow, as that was one of the boat’s components that did take a hit. Following a quick break, the crew returned to the water to check that everything else was in working order and to prepare for tomorrow. We expect firm winds again, which should make for great racing.
Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour