- NZ Extreme Sailing Team and Red Bull Sailing Team collide in the fourth race of the day
- Significant damage sustained on both boats, causing them to retire from today’s racing. All crew are safe with no injuries
- Alinghi continue their lead into the final day of Act 1, Muscat
- Team France Jeune lead the Flying Phantom Series
Drama struck on the water today, Friday 16th March, as two of the season’s newly-formed crews collided on the racecourse on the third day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™.
NZ Extreme Sailing Team and Red Bull Sailing Team collided at the leeward mark on the fourth race of the day while locked in an epic struggle in the closing stages of the race.
Although no crew members were injured, significant damage was sustained to the rudders on both boats, forcing the challengers to retire from today’s racing. Chris Draper, helm for Red Bull Sailing Team was disappointed to be out of day three.
“It’s very frustrating from our point of view. We’ve got a big night of work ahead of us to get back on the water tomorrow and it’s frustrating to give those points away that could cost us later on in the season. We’ll get back out there and push as hard as we can tomorrow.”
“Not the best way to start the season,” added skipper Roman Hagara. “Luckily no one was injured.”
Following a hearing with the umpires, Red Bull Sailing Team was disqualified from race 14 having not afforded NZ Extreme Sailing Team ample room to sail their proper course around the mark.