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ORMA60 drops rig at 25kts while chased by AC45 in Auckland

'Dismasted Team Vodafone Sailing with ETNZ tenders assisting - Team Vodafone Sailing'    Colin Preston    Click Here to view large photo

The ORMA60 TVS dropped her wing mast rig in the early stages of a Wednesday evening race, on Auckland's Waitemata harbour.

The trimaran was reported to be flying two hulls and travelling at over 25kts when a shroud gave way.

She was leading the race at the time, but was being pursued by the prototype AC45 sailed by Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker at the time time of the incident. The AC45 was reported to be catching TVS, but had not yet passed her.

No injuries were reported to the crew, and damage to the wingsail is also reported to be minimal.

After the incident the wing mast was still afloat as was towed back by two Emirates team NZ tenders who were quickly on the scene.

Team Vodafone Sailing dismasted amongst Wednesday evening race fleet - Team Vodafone Sailing -  Colin Preston   Click Here to view large photo

Dismasted Team Vodafone Sailing with ETNZ tenders assisting - Team Vodafone Sailing -  Colin Preston   Click Here to view large photo


Dismasted Team Vodafone Sailing with ETNZ tenders assisting - Team Vodafone Sailing -  Colin Preston   Click Here to view large photo

Preparing to cast off the rig with bouyancy attached - Team Vodafone Sailing -  Colin Preston   Click Here to view large photo

Preparing to cast off the rig with bouyancy attached - Team Vodafone Sailing -  Colin Preston   Click Here to view large photo


Supported by buoys TVS’s wingmast is towed home by Team NZ’s tender -     Click Here to view large photo

The dismasted TVS is passed by the AC45 on her return leg, not far from the place of the incident -     Click Here to view large photo


TVS is the former Geant3, the highly successful French crewed trans-oceanic racer




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