The star ensemble did not think it was possible that a jibe could end like this. At the big final Galder Star Sailors League (SSL) off Nassau (Bahamas), the celebrities involuntarily went swimming and sank a Bahamian sloop. Match race world champion Taylor Canfield (USA), Finn silver medal winner Jonas Høegh-Christensen, world champion George Szabo, Olympian Johannes Polgar and their crew learned on Sunday that not every boat is suitable for a quick jibe. Under the flag of the Star Sailors League, the Star boat sailors took part as an international crew in the "Best of the Best" regatta in the Bahamas, which is traditionally held on Bahamian sloops. Although the world-class sailors had a local hero on board as a tactician, his objection was misinterpreted shortly before the jibe.
The traditional Bahamas sloops are sailed by the locals in the annual "Best of the Best" regatta
The Bahamas sloops shouldn't be sailed like this …
What happened next is shown in the video with the cheerful comments from the sailors:
Their sloop called "In Nomen Omen" turned out to be an extremely idiosyncratic piece of sports equipment that the sailors could not tame. The boat submerged slightly during the jibe and then sank within five minutes. "I thought we'd go cruising out there," said Høgh-Christensen with a laugh, "I had my mobile phone with me, normal shorts and I was looking forward to this wonderful experience in the Bahamas …"
Match race world champion Taylor Canfield, the Olympic Finn silver medalist Jonas Høegh-Christensen, world champion George Szabo, Olympian Johannes Polgar and their crew sank their Bahamian sloop at the final Galder Star Sailors League - it was a wet premiere for Polgar
Johannes Polgar said: "It was definitely the first and hopefully also the last time that I sank a boat anywhere in the world. On the way to the start of this regatt, we had no idea what to expect. When I did Having trimmed the mainsail for George, our local hero on board sang: 'Don't touch that, don't touch that!'."
Swimming parade instead of sailing fun: the star ensemble went swimming
Polgar described the course of the mishap as follows: "I was then chosen to scoop the water out of the boat on the entire cross. I did that like a madman. Only to experience that it was all in vain. Because when we were then went to the downwind section, those were the last words I heard, 'Clear your neck.' The tree came over. I tried to push that plank to the other side. But next your boat was no more. And we swam. It was like in a movie. Just amazing. " The boat was later rescued largely intact and brought ashore. Skipper and owner took it with humor.
Had fun in the Bahamas as a guest of honor and co-commentator of the Star Sailors League: "Mr. America's Cup" Dennis Conner, here with three-time Olympic champion Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening