Dramatic scenes in the challenger round for the 36th America's Cup: In the sixth duel of the preliminary round between the Italian LunRossPradPirelli Team and American Magic, the US yacht "Patriot" capsized. After a failed start at high speeds, the team was quickly in a good position in the race and had already taken the lead on the first section of the course. The first American victory after three defeats was within reach on the fifth round of the barrel before the last section of the course, when "Patriot" first shot like a rocket into the sky over Auckland and then almost lay on its side as if in slow motion. A quick count showed that all crew members had survived the spectacular accident and were on board or in the water with at least one hand on the boat. According to the regulations, the race victory went to the Italians with their two helmsmen Francesco Bruni and Jimmy Spithill who were 42 seconds behind on the fourth round of the barrel despite top speeds of up to 48 knots.
Already had their first victory in the PradCup in mind when they overturned spectacularly and had to give up: the eleven sailors from the American Magic team
In the second race of the day, shortly before the end, the capsizing of "Patriot" can be seen in several repetitions and with the comments of reporters Ken Read, Nathan Outteridge and Shirley Robertson
The capsizing took place shortly after the last windward buoy had been rounded. Helmsman Dean Barker planned the maneuver in such a way that "Patriot" turned around the buoy and then immediately fell off and went on the downwind course. Mainsail trimmer Paul Goodison was heard shouting twice: "This is going to be a tough maneuver, this is going to be a tough maneuver." His calls had the character of an urgent warning. Alternatively, the team could have chosen the other brand of goal in order to then jibe immediately; it would have been the easier way. Instead, however, Barker and his team had decided to turn and drop. They were caught by a strong gust at high speed, as can be seen from the sailors' comments in the live broadcast.
The capsizing in its sequence: Here the world on board "Patriot" is still in order. The Americans are racing towards the leeward barrel at 43.1 knots
Here the boat is already out of control …
Then "Patriot" shoots like a rocket into the air …
The fall from a great height back into the floods of the Cup area off Auckland
The beginning of capsizing to leeward …
"Patriot" capsizes like in slow motion …
Finally capsized, "Patriot" lies flat on the water with the mainsail
The main problem with falling was obviously that the leeback tag could not be frozen. As a result, "Patriot" could not fall off correctly. Instead, the projectile accelerated uncontrollably, luffed up. This led to the stall on the foils, causing the boat and foils to shoot completely out of the water into the air, fall back and capsize to leeward. The team and their helpers, including those from the America's Cup organizers and the other teams, were still busy hours after the race to stabilize "Patriot" and bring it back to port. A team statement from Team New York Yacht Club American Magic said, "American Magic is sincerely grateful for all of the support the team has received as a result of today's incident."
The intermediate result in the PradCup after the opening weekend
Previously, Sir Ben Ainslies Ineos Team UK had secured the fourth victory in a row in the fifth Prada Cup preliminary round duel against Patrizio Bertelli's LunRossPradPirelli team. This means that the British lead the table in the PradCup 4-0 after the first weekend. In second place is the Italian "Challenger of Record" with 2: 2 points. Knocked out and almost knocked out on Sunday, the Americans without a win are only third with a score of 0: 4. The Challenger Round for the 36th America's Cup will continue on January 22nd with the second race weekend. Whoever wins the PradCup can challenge the defenders of the Emirates Team New Zealand in the 36th duel for the America's Cup.
Here you can find the results and the intermediate results.
Four races, four wins: maximum opening yield for Sir Ben Ainslie and his Ineos Team UK