Please select your home edition
Edition
KZRaceFurlers

America's Cup- Coutts capsizes in San Francisco - crew injured, Video

by Richard Gladwell on 14 Jun 2011
34th America’s Cup - ORACLE Racing press conference at GGYC - Russell Coutts capsize ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget http://photo.americascup.com/

Four times America's Cup winner, Russell Coutts was at the helm of an AC45 which capsized today capsized on San Francisco Bay, today.

At the time Oracle Racing was participating in some practice starts with the America's Cup Race Management Team.

Earlier in the day Media had been on the water to see the AC's 45 sailing on the venue for the 34th America's Cup.

Coutts was bearing off in a pre-start and pitchpoled at 22kts.

The AC45 was capsized for about 10 minutes and apparently the wingsail was undamaged, aside from some torn skinning fabric. Later it was revealed that there was some wingsail damage and the structure would be out of action for a few days.

At the time of the incident, the assembled media were in the Golden Gate YC clubhouse



Oracle Racing.com reported: After the media sail the team’s two crews, led by helmsmen James Spithill and Russell Coutts, engaged in exhibition racing run by America’s Cup Principal Race Officer John Craig. He set a course that featured a reaching start to a turning mark around which the crews unfurled the gennakers and turned downwind.

After rounding the leeward mark the two crews sailed up to a windward mark before another blasting run downwind and a final beat to the finish. The race lasted no more than 20 minutes.

The good times were dampened in the second pre-start, when ORACLE Racing Boat No. 5, helmed by Coutts, capsized during the pre-start. In an action similar to Friday, both bows buried and the boat went nearly vertical before capsizing to starboard.


'We got caught in the pre-start at the wrong angle and paid the price,' said Coutts, who fell through the lower part of the front element of the wingsail. 'The boats are spectacular, hard to sail. They’re gonna test the best sailors in the world. Luckily I had the crash helmet on.'

During the incident crewman Shannon Falcone injured his ribs. 'It was all in slow motion,' said Falcone, one of the strongest members of the team. 'I didn’t think it was going to go all the way over.'

Falcone walked under his own power to an ambulance waiting shoreside and was taken to the hospital for a precautionary X-ray.

'I would’ve preferred it didn’t happen, but it’s all learning,' Coutts said. 'Frankly, I’ve got to see these sort of things to learn how hard to push it and what not to do. It’s lots of learning for me.'



The incident is the second in three days for Coutts, with the first being a very well publicized near-miss last week. There were several capsize incidents in Auckland during media and race management trials during March and April this year, including top ranked Emirates Team NZ and Artemis Racing teams.

At the time of the incident, the assembled media were in the Golden Gate YC clubhouse.

The 34th America's Cup will be staged in San Francisco using 72ft catamarans with a wingsail approximately twice the height, and with just over three times the wing sail area of the one-design AC45 catamarans, plus substantially more in the jib and downwind sails. And, more importantly, the height to fall is 14 mtrs compared to the 6.8mtrs of the AC45.








PredictWind.com 2014Protector - 660 x 82Zhik AkzoNobelb 660x82

Related Articles

Black Jack Yachting. Bigger boat. Bigger team. Even bigger performance
Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus Throughout the iterations of maxis called Black Jack, a strong, consistent and talented team has been their focus. Some were sail makers, like Skipper Mark Bradford and also Vaughan Prentice from North Sails’ Brisbane loft. Others were riggers, such as Bruce Clarke, and there are even boat builders, like Gary van Lunteren, as well as Ash Deeks.
Posted today at 5:40 am
A Q&A with Tom Trujillo about the Transpacific Race’s 49th running
Sail-World interviewed Tom Trujillo, the Transpac Race’s PRO, via email to learn more about this classic bluewater race. The Transpac Race (est 1906) is in a rarefied group of four races that are considered sailing’s greatest bluewater Corinthian challenges, and it welcomes a wildly diverse fleet of bluewater-worthy boats. The 49th running of this classic race is currently underway, so Sail-World caught up with Tom Trujillo, the race’s principal race officer, via email to learn more.
Posted on 7 Jul
Gladwell's Line - America's Cup returns to its new home and thinking
Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness and will open a new era of America's Cup, New Zealand and World Sailing. A rookie crew won the most prestigious trophy in sailing, and one of the most difficult to win in any sport.
Posted on 29 Jun
SuperFoilers Are Go!
SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets SuperFoilers represent many things. Whilst those components are disparate and virtually from different planets in the great scheme of things, they come together in the one form as harmoniously as a Rolls Royce, and also deliver intense energy way past the sum of their parts, just like some amazing band.
Posted on 28 Jun
A Q&A with Kimball Livingston about San Francisco high school sailing
I emailed with my friend and colleague Kimball Livingtston to learn about San Francisco’s latest sailing revolution. I started hearing whispers of shifts in the San Francisco Bay high school sailing scene a couple of months ago. A few inquiries led me to my good friend and colleague Kimball Livingston, a world-class sailor, scribe, and StFYC staff commodore who isn’t one to keep his seaboots dry when the topic turns to opportunities for the next sailing generation. I caught up with KL via email to learn more.
Posted on 13 Jun
A Q&A with Andrew Howe about winning the 2015 Marion to Bermuda Race
I interviewed Andrew Howe, the 2015 Marion to Bermuda Race’s winning co-navigator, to learn more about their race. In 2015, skipper Greg Marston and the crew of Ti, a 1967 Alden Mistral, racing under celestial rules, were the overall winners of the Marion Bermuda Race Founders Division, beating boats that were enjoying GPS accuracy. On the eve of the 2017 edition of the race, I reached out to Andrew Howe, the team’s co-navigator, to gain perspective on this impressive win and hear about his 2017 plans.
Posted on 7 Jun
An interview with Allan McLean about the 2017 Marion to Bermuda Race
I interviewed Allan McLean, the Marion to Bermuda Race’s executive director, to learn more about this biennial event. The 2017 Marion to Bermuda Race is set to kick off on Friday, June 9, so I caught up with Allan McLean, the race’s executive director, via email to learn more about the race’s history and evolution, its challenges, and the special America’s Cup experience that awaits Marion to Bermuda sailors upon reaching the Onion Patch.
Posted on 5 Jun
An interview with Ray Redniss about the STC’s annual Block Island Race
I caught up with Ray Redniss, the Block Island Race’s longtime PRO, via email to learn more about this classic event. I caught up with Ray Redniss, who has served as the PRO for the Block Island Race and the Vineyard Race (September 1, 2017) for the past twenty-plus years, via email to learn more about the state of this classic, early season New England event.
Posted on 22 May
An Q&A with Jeremy Pochman about 11th Hour Racing’s impressive efforts
I interviewed Jeremy Pochman of 11th Hour Racing to learn more about this forward-thinking environmental non-profit. 11th Hour Racing is doing some of the most forward-leaning environmental work in the entire marine sphere, and I wanted to learn more, so I reached out to Jeremy Pochman, 11th Hour Racing’s Strategic Director and Co-founder, to ask a few questions. All sailors are strongly encouraged to give this interview the time it deserves.
Posted on 15 May
A Q&A with Don Adams about Sail Canada’s plan to win Olympic medals
I caught up with Sail Canada CEO Don Adams to hear about Team Canada’s High Performance Plan for winning Olympic medals. Sail Canada, Canada’s national sailing authority, is implementing a new High Performance Plan with the aim of improving on their recent Olympic sailing performances. I caught up with Don Adams, CEO of Sail Canada, to learn more about this ambition plan for helping Canadian sailors win Olympic medals while also helping to inspire younger generations to pursue the Olympic-sailing dream.
Posted on 8 May