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March 2014 - AsianYachting News and Views

Goto 20113 - 14 AYGP Events
2013-14 AYGP events
Subic to Boracay (Mar 1-3)
Boracay Cup (Mar 4-7)
Rolex China Sea Race
Start 16th April
Commodore's Cup (22nd - 26th April)
Top of the Gulf Regatta
(May 1st - 5th)
Samui Regatta (May 24th - 31st)


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1. EDITORIAL - Crash and burn flavour of the month
. AUSTRAL - ASIAN NEWS - Asean Regatta revival - New Event - Sail Raja Ampat - Matchrace Thailand attracts quality entries - Koo wins Liga Layar Malaysia Langkawi - Sydney to Mooloolaba Race Is Back - 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Schedule - 2016 Olympic qualification system - ISAF Social Media Guidelines For Race Officials - America’s Cup training down under - Charles Caudrelier to skipper V70 Dongfeng
Up next in Asia - Subic to Boracay Race (Feb 28th - Mar 3) - Boracay Cup (Mar 4-7) - Rolex China Sea Race Starts 16th April - Commodore's Cup (22nd - 26th April) - Top of the Gulf Regatta (May 1st - 5th) - Samui Regatta (May 24th - 31st)
Turkish team joins Volvo Ocean Race - Protocol & AC35 Class Rule in March - Foiling Week - Schedule Announced - Alive after 16 months adrift - Founder of Optimist turns 100
Follow the:
Clipper Race - Extreme Sailing Series - RC44 Championship
4. World Speed records
Route of Discovery Banque Populaire VII Record
5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"
- A-Class carnage, cartwheels and chaos! - Prince de Bretagne capsizes -
Team Vodafone dismasted again - Withstanding Neptune's wrath - Extreme 40 collision - More Extreme carnage


New events - Crash and burn flavour of the month...

This March News & Views comes to you from the Philippines at the start of the combined Subic to Boracay Race and Boracay Cup. Renown for the windy conditions this time of the year, the tropical destination of Boracay is the lure for sailors where action on and off the water is guaranteed.

Staying in the Philippines, the 14th Hobie Challenge (March 16-24) is approximately 210 nautical miles and features 5 new destinations through the super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Visayas Islands.

Already this year we have been blessed with strong wind in Langkawi and Indonesia for the Neptune Regatta. Collisions resulting in significant boat damage seems to be flavour of the month. At the opening round of the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore, several crash and burn videos have gone viral on the web and amongst others been awarded our "Unluckiest Sailors of the Month".

This is the 8th point scoring event in the 2013-14 AYGP. The four remaining regattas include the biennial Asian blue-water classic Rolex China Sea Race from Hong Kong to Subic Bay in the Philippines, starting on 16th April and quickly followed by the Commodore's Cup in Subic Bay from April 22nd - 26th. Before the two centrally located Top of the Gulf Regatta (May 1st - 5th) and season ending Samui Regatta (May 24th - 31st) brings the curtain down on another successful racing season and the AYGP Skipper and Yacht of the Year is awarded to the winners. The latest AYGP standings can be browsed by Skipper - Yacht and Regatta.

Several new events are being added to an already burgeoning Asian calendar. On the 14 – 16 March, Eleven Match racing teams will be battling it out at the Kingdom Property Matchrace Thailand Championships hosted by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. Over Easter the Asean Regatta continues its revival with a Race/Cruise from Singapore to Port Dickson, Malaysia, A special initiative by the Indonesian government, Sail Raja Ampat is a rally starting from Cairns, Australia to the ecological wonderland of Raja Ampat from June 19-22. Jeremy Koo's Sime Darby Foundation-KRT have emerged winners of the first edition of Liga Layar Malaysia (LLM) for 2014 is part of the Malaysian Yachting Association (MYA) effort to answer the government's call to have more sailing tournaments to improve the skills of Malaysian athletes before participating in bigger international events. Also the Sydney-Mooloolaba Yacht Race is back with the first edition boasting a new race format that includes Multihull's.

The next stop for the Extreme Sailing Series global tour is in Muscat, Oman from March 19th to 22nd. The Clipper Fleet have interrupted the leg from Singapore to Qingdao for a pit stop in Hong Kong to replace faulty forestay bottle screws that have broken on three boats. The Alpari World Match Racing Tour have announced the schedule of events for the 2014 ISAF Match Racing World Championship. ISAF have released the 2016 Olympic qualification system for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and the controversial Social Media Guidelines for Race Officials is coming under fire.

On the International scene the Protocol and AC35 Class Rule is expected this month and the schedule is announced for Foiling Week in Lake Garda, Italy. Plus a new record on the Route of Discovery for Armel Le Cléac'h on Banque Populaire and dressed only in ragged underpants when he came ashore, Jose Ivan survived 16 months adrift. Charles Caudrelier named skipper of V70 Dongfeng and other Volvo Race entries announced. Plus six "Unluckiest Sailors of the Month" with photos and links to videos.

For your convenience, news on all these events, along with other major yachting news and much, much more can be found below.
Wishing you blue sky, fair winds, where ever your sailing.
Capt Marty Rijkuris


2.1 Asean Regatta revival
For those that have not planned your Easter weekend boating destination, why not head up to Port Dickson for a change? Last year over the Easter weekend boats from Singapore and Port Klang converged on Port Dickson, for a wonderful and memorable evening. Once again we like to extend an invitation to all sailing yachts to participate in the revived Asean Regatta, starting from Raffles Marina on Friday 18th April. Keeping the same format as last year whereby you race or cruise in company from your home port for a relaxing weekend at Admiral Marina & Leisure Club. Choose to stay onboard or in the hotel rooms. They look forward to welcoming you in the marina. Please download the NOR from this Link Here... or for more details contact Prakash Reddy, Marina Operations Manager Tel: +606 648 2514(O), +6017 316 4932(M) or E-mail:

2.2 New Event - Sail Raja Ampat
A special initiative by the Indonesian government, Sail Raja Ampat is to be held from 19-22 June 2014. Starting in Cairns, Australia then proceeds to Thursday Island before arriving in Debut Village - Tual in Southeast Moluccas for Clearance in to Indonesia. Then depart for Raja Ampat in West Papua. Welcome dinners, city tours and cultural performances will be held along the way. Any yachts visiting SE Asia and wishing to return to Australia, a rally via Raja Ampat is being organised from Singapore,starting on May 2nd. The main attractions of Raja Ampat is the seascape, with incredible diving that reveals the most bio diverse coral reefs in the world. Above water is fantastic as well with islands cloaked in tropical jungle filled with unique flora and fauna, karst forests of rare orchids, sea eagles, tree kangaroos and beautiful birds of paradise. Cruising Permits (CAIT) and Indonesian visa’s need to be applied for well in advance. More info. requirements, entry forms and sailing program can be accessed Here... Registration will start from now until April 2014 with no charge. Registration of interest and entry forms send to Helen DeLima

2.3 Matchrace Thailand attracts quality entries
On the 14 – 16 March, 11 Match racing teams will be prepared for battle at the Kingdom Property Matchrace Thailand Championships hosted by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. As the biggest Matchrace event in Thailand the popularity of this contest is impressive attracting some of the best teams from Europe and Asia. We are privileged to have Bjorn Hansen (SWE) leading the line of skippers ranked 3rd with Mati Sepp, from Estonia ranked 21st. The event is a showcase of Matchracing in Asia with skippers including Maxi Soh (SIN 50th), Jeremy Koo (MAS 73rd), Gunwoo Park (KOR 107th), Morten Jakobson (THA 137th) and Ayaz Shaikh (IND 192nd), each representing their country as the highest ranked Matchracer. The boats used for the grade 3 championships are Platu 25’s with a strict crew weight limit of 350kgs. It often allows five crew members per boat for Asian teams and all female teams can have up to six members. This year we have the all-female team of Denise Lim (SIN 173rd open, 20th female). Justin Liu (SIN 243rd) is completing the Singapore contingent. The founder of ‘Matchrace Thailand’ Jon Erikson (FIN 237th) will be attending and local sailor Don Whitcraft (THA) switching from the 49er to compete.

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2.4 Koo wins Liga Layar Malaysia Langkawi
Pulau Langkawi (Feb 11): Jeremy Koo of Sime Darby Foundation-KRT have emerged winners of the first edition of Liga Layar Malaysia (LLM) for 2014 at the National Sailing Centre, overcoming his close rival Mohd Masyuri Rahmat of the Royal Malaysian Navy Match Racing Team. Meanwhile in the petit final, Khairulnizam won against Nik Ashraf Qaedi to end his campaign in third place. By winning this leg of the LLM, Koo and his team took home RM8,000, Masyuri RM5,000 and Khairulnizam RM2,000 in prize money. Tunku Laksamana Johor, YAM Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Chairman of Innovatige Sdn Bhd presented the prizes to Koo and his team in a ceremony held after the races. At the same ceremony, three race umpires Commander Malik bin Sulaiman RMN, Lieutenant Commander Chin a/l In and Norhafisham bin Ahmad became the first ever Malaysian umpires to be certified as National Match Racing Umpires. Besides Langkawi, other locations in the pipeline for the year include Lumut, Port Dickson, Pulau Duyong, Johor and Port Klang. LLM is part of the MYA effort to answer the government's call to have more sailing tournaments to improve the skills of Malaysian athletes before participating in bigger international events.

2.5 Sydney - Mooloolaba Race Is Back
After nearly a decade absent from Australia's major sailing event calendar, the Sydney-Mooloolaba Yacht Race is back with the first edition boasting a new race format. The race will start on Sydney Harbour on Saturday April 12, but for the first time the race will be open to both monohull and multihull craft. The revitalisation of the 469nm (870km) race and the inclusion of multihull's in the event is being led by Sean Langman, owner of the 60ft speed machine trimaran, Team Australia. Sydney-Mooloolaba is a race that many within the Australian sailing community lamented the loss of from the sailing calendar. Now with Langman's enthusiasm and with the support of his fellow sailors, the race is back on and likely to stay on the calendar. "From the outset I have had a commitment from Grant Wharington with Wild Thing. So we already have a super-maxi and an ORMA 60. That's pretty exciting. "I am hopeful we will at least get five multihull's to make division and a similar number with the monohulls, with an open invitation to compliant vessels. "The Sydney-Mooloolaba is an iconic race, a challenging race that we have all enjoyed over the years."

2.6 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Schedule
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour has announced the schedule of events for the 2014 ISAF Match Racing World Championship. The 2014 Tour will feature six stages across three continents spanning Europe, Asia and North America - with additional events expected in Europe and Oceania in the coming months. Over 30 match racing teams will go head to head during the season for a share in over US$1.4 million prize money. Executive Director, James Pleasance commented, "Now in its 14th year, and third for title sponsor Alpari, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour continues to set the standards in world championship sailing. The new event in Poland is a fantastic addition for 2014 as we continue to grow the World Championship to new markets." Follow all the action including television highlights, features and interviews from every event at
2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Calendar
Stage 1: 5-9 June Match Race Germany, Langenargen, Germany
Stage 2: 30 June-5 July Stena Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand, Sweden
Stage 3: 31 July-3 August Sopot Match Race, Sopot, Poland
Stage 4: 17-21 September Chicago Match Cup, Chicago, USA
Stage 5: 21-26 October Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, Bermuda
Stage 6: 25-29 November Monsoon Cup, Malaysia* (to be confirmed)
Note: dates denote scheduled race days

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2.8 2016 Olympic qualification system
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition regatta venue is the Marina da Glória with racing taking place inside and outside the Guanabara Bay and will feature 380 athletes competing across 10 events. 50% of the entry quota in each event shall be qualified from those best ranked NOCs in the corresponding events at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. The remaining places in each event shall be qualified from the 2015 Class World Championship and in a series of Continental Qualification Events sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by 1 June 2016 at the latest. For the first time ISAF has included four dedicated Tripartite quota places within the overall Athlete Quota providing an opportunity for those eligible NOCs to compete in the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy events. For more details on the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition visit the microsite Here...

2.9 ISAF Social Media Guidelines For Race Officials
With the increasing use of new communication tools on the web such as blogs, social networks, call and text message services, it is necessary for ISAF Race Officials to consider how their own use of such tools interacts with their role as an official. Restricting the use of social media is not designed to inhibit freedom of speech or rights to privacy, but it is inevitable that appointment as a race official means the official must limit their use of such tools in order to comply with their duties as an official. ISAF's goal is to provide guidelines to help race officials balance these concepts in order to avoid potentially embarrassing situations for the race official and for ISAF. Download what is fast becoming a controversial document Here...

2.10 America’s Cup training down under
ORACLE TEAM USA, the America’s Cup champion, will begin its sailing program in Sydney, Australia in March 2014. The team has scheduled practice against Team Australia, representing the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup. ORACLE TEAM USA has shipped one of its AC45 catamarans to Australia for spring training before the sailing team returns to the United States later in the year. “This training session on Sydney Harbour is the first of a series of trials and training sessions for our sailing team and will be the first time our sailors have been together since the America’s Cup,” said sailing team manager Tom Slingsby. “We’ll welcome back some old faces and introduce some new blood as we look for the right crew combination for the sailing team for the 35th America’s Cup. These sessions will be coordinated with Team Australia and we’re looking forward to sailing against this new Cup team.”

2.11 Charles Caudrelier to skipper V70 Dongfeng
French sailor Charles Caudrelier has been selected as the Dongfeng Race Team’s skipper in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Caudrelier is no stranger to the round-the-world 38,739-mile marathon as he was a key figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12. “I’ve seen it on my skipper and friend Franck Cammas in the last race: being a skipper is a huge responsibility and it’s demanding from a human point of view. But I’ve learned from my past experiences and I want to take these skills further.” Race CEO Knut Frostad has no doubt that Dongfeng Race Team have the right man for this demanding role. “Charles is a guy at the top of his game in terms of skills and ability, and very importantly he has the ideal personality to take on the extra challenge of integrating the Chinese sailors into the rest of the crew,” he says. Caudrelier is planning to announce his final race crew by the end of June – half of it is planned to be Chinese and half international. Full story and photos Here...



3.1 Turkish team joins Volvo Ocean Race
Team Alvimedica is the first Turkish team to take part in the round-the-world yacht race. Alvimedica, a Turkish medical device company, is to join the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race to promote its brand globally and to raise awareness of sailing as a sport in Turkey. Seven years ago, a couple of young American sailing addicts met on the set of a Disney movie and dreamed of the day that they would launch a campaign in the world’s toughest offshore team test, the Volvo Ocean Race. Today that apparently long-shot ambition became a reality when Team Alvimedica’s challenge for the 2014-15 edition was announced in Istanbul, home of the company. Mark Towill was just 18 when he met Charlie Enright, four years older, as a fellow young star in the Disney sailing movie, Morning Light. The reality film followed a cross-Pacific boat voyage and made use of some of the biggest names in offshore sailing. Enright, now 29, picks up the story: “We met during the trials for that – we both considered that project to be the beginning of our dream, which is the Volvo Ocean Race. Alvimedia CEO Cem Bozkurt says the company is proud to be the first Turkish team participating in the round-the-world yacht race, adding that it will help make sailing a more popular sport in Turkey, which is surrounded by the sea in three regions. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's leading round-the-world yacht race and one of the most coveted prizes in the sport. For more information, please visit

3.2 Protocol & AC35 Class Rule expected in March
The new version of the America's Cup Class Rule, which will produce a foiling, wingsailed catamaran in the 60-65 foot range, is on schedule to be released this month. Several potential America's Cup teams are cooperating in the rule writing process with the design firm Morrelli & Melvin. "An overriding theme of both documents is an effort to reduce costs and increase media exposure, so that teams can provide a better return to their sponsors for significantly less money than was required last time." The selection of the venue for the 35th America's Cup is likely to stretch into summer. Several venues are under consideration. More at

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3.4 Foiling Week - Schedule Announced
Is a new event dedicated to amazing foiling boats, their designers, builders and athletes, taking place across Lake Garda, Italy from various beautiful sailing clubs in July 2014. For all classes – from kite foilers to amazing big catamarans. There will be a forum with foiling experts that will exchange ideas, theories and experiences with a chance to see beautiful foilers up-close and see the latest in performance. Brand new foiling concept boats and production boats will be available for testing! Also spectacular foiling boats doing battle on the water within the program (Below). All is revealed at:
July 4-6th Eurocup & Italian Moth Championship
July7-9th Forum, Course Racing, Speed Testing, Ideas Exchange & New Boats!
July 10-12th Full Foiling Catamaran Racing

3.5 Alive after 16 months adrift
Dressed only in ragged underpants when he came ashore, Jose Ivan apparently set off from Mexico heading for El Salvador in September 2012. He was traveling with a companion, who apparently died at sea several months ago. "His condition isn't good, but he's getting better," Ola Fjeldstad, a Norwegian anthropology student doing research on Ebon, told AFP by telephone. Ebon, which has a population of around 1000, is an atoll of 22 small islands that makes up part of the Marshall Islands. Details of his survival were not clear, Fjeldstad said, but the man had low blood pressure and was incredibly thin, but was able to walk and had no life-threatening condition. "The boat is really scratched up and looks like it has been in the water for a long time." Ivan indicated that he survived by eating turtles, birds and fish and drinking turtle blood when there was no rain. No fishing equipment was on the boat and Ivan suggested he caught turtles and birds with his bare hands. Full story Here...

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3.7 Founder of Optimist turns 100
Viggo Jacobsen (the father of the Optimist Dinghy class) turns 100 on 13 February 2014. The first Danish optimist dinghies were sailed in Vordingborg, Hvidovre, and Roskilde. The first regatta for optimist dinghies took place in Vordingborg on 24 April 1954, this was the beginning of the optimist dinghy era in Europe. With Mr Viggo Jacobsen at the helm, the development of this class was started. The class first spread to Norway, Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, Rhodesia, Finland, Austria, Denmark, USA, and later to the rest of the world. In 1965, Mr Jacobsen took the initiative in founding IODA, the International Optimist Dinghy Association, of which Mr Jacobsen was the first president, and his wife was secretary. Since then, there has only been progress. Mr Viggo Jacobsen was the originator not only of the world's second largest class in sailing, but junior sailing internationally. Today, the number of dinghies being built is about 3,500 a year. Optimist dinghies are found in more than 120 countries, and more than 200,000 optimist dinghies have been built also means that far more than one million sailors have started their sailing careers or interest in sailing in an optimist dinghy. Full story at:


4.1 Route of Discovery Banque Populaire VII Record
Armel Le Cléac'h and his maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire VII demolished the singlehanded Route of Discovery record, between Cadiz, Spain and San Salvador in the Bahamas via a turning mark off Gran Canaria, on the historic route of Christopher Columbus. They took more than a day and a half off the previous time set by Francis Joyon on IDEC 2 and their performance was even respectable compared to the new fully crewed record set by Yann Guichard and Dona Bertarelli's Spindrift 2 last autumn. During his passage the French skipper and his steed also set a new solo 24 hour record of 682 miles, although both records await ratification from the World Sailing Speed Record Council. Banque Populaire VII crossed the finish line at 19:39:17 UTC, making her elapsed time for the course just 6 days 23 hours 42 minutes and 18 seconds. Along the direct route of 3,884 miles, she averaged 23.16 knots but she really sailed 4271 miles at an average speed of 25.47 knots. Video of this great accomplishment can be viewed Here...

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5. "Unluckiest sailors of the month"

5.1 A-Class carnage, cartwheels and chaos!
Winds of 18-20kts prevailed for both races sailed on Day 3 of the 2014 A-Class Catamaran Worlds. The upper limit for A Class racing is 22 knots so it was a day of carnage, cartwheels and chaos! The drama award for the day however was Alexis Reeves (NZ) who went out with one boat, and came back with two, after breaking his main-beam and the hulls split apart! Other sailors who provided drama included: Skip Kaub (USA) who finished with his mast over the top of the committee boat at the pin end without crossing the line, Steve Brayshaw (Aus) who cartwheeled in both races and Mariano Martinez (ESP) who was rescued as his boat was sinking, amongst others who were also towed in!

5.2 Prince de Bretagne capsizes
While attempting to break the Mauricienne record from Port-Louis in Brittany (France) to Port-Louis the capital of Mauritius, Lionel Lemonchois activated the distress beacon. Contact initially could not be made with Lemonchois, but teams received a call from the skipper reporting a capsize of the 80 foot maxi trimaran, but letting the team know he was safe and sound within the center hull. Lemonchois went on to say that due to sea conditions he had to cut the rigging loose. He was approximately 800 miles off the Brazilian coast, and rescue teams have been dispatched and Prince de Bretagne is due into Rio (Brazil) in the early hours of the morning. Prince de Bretagne was almost directly off Rio when the capsize occurred, a lucky coincidence and Lemonchois reported that the wind was a 16 -- 18 knot South-Easter. Rescue Video Here...

5.3 Team Vodafone dismasted again
The big news of the day came from Team Vodafone Sailing (Auckland’s big red Orma 60 ex Geant), racing in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadrons Wednesday night race. Shortly after clearing North Head and heading out around the course, she dropped the rig. The result was messy leaving the red stick in what looks to be a few pieces and with a crew member in hospital. This is not the first time for the Big Red Sled to drop the stick. Photo by Stephen Craig.

5.4 Withstanding Neptune's wrath
The crews had to quickly adapt or face getting into trouble. Late spinnaker drops were the first sign of boats out of control at the bottom mark and
Clive van Onselen's Corsair Dash 750 Dash Boot became the first casualty retiring from the race. After winning the first race and a cracking start to the second race and leading the Multihull fleet around the first lap, a loud bang on Stewart McLaren's Corsair F31 Tri to Fly saw the mast come tumbling down and put an end to their regatta hopes. Several other breakages caused more retirements and to add more salt into the wounds, all boats except for David Ross' Ker 40 KukuKERchu failed to heed the top mark change signal and were recorded Did Not Finish (DNF) for their efforts in the second race.

5.5 Extreme 40 collision
Realstone had a superb opening day yesterday, and were on form again today before a collision with Oman Air, which could be heard by the crowds around the bay, put an end to the Swiss teams winning run. Realstone’s skipper Jerome Clerc explained what happened: “Oman Air tried to bear away behind us, and under the pressure, that isn’t always easy, so Rob (Greenhalgh) didn’t achieve his manoeuvre and hit us at the back of the boat. They smashed into the rudder and created a big hole, we started sinking but we pushed ourselves to finish that race.” With damage to their steering system, the Swiss were forced to retire and limped back to the pitlane, missing the final race of the day, while the Omani team made a quick repair on the water to their bow. Both boats were craned out over night, and back ready to race tomorrow. Oman Air received a 45 second starting penalty in the next race, and Realstone received redress after a port/starboard 'incident' that saw them holed. View video Here...

5.6 More Extreme carnage
In race five on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore, France’s Franck Cammas’ Groupama sailing team (FRA) and Nick Moloney’s Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) came together as a big gust hit the fleet on the final run to the line. In winds that were varying from 5 to 23 knots, Team Aberdeen Singapore caught the biggest gust of the day, struggling to hold off the pace, ploughing into the back and mounted the French team, taking down the mast in the process. Three MOBs, one guy hiding under the tramp, and the 5th crew just jumped high up into the air as offending boat inserted itself underneath him. The Safety Team were immediately on site to provide assistance, and all the crews were quickly taken account of. Tanguy Cariou (FRA) onboard Groupama sailing team suffered minor facial injuries, and was taken ashore immediately for treatment. The rest of the crew onboard both Groupama and Team Aberdeen Singapore are uninjured, and the technical team craned out the boats in Singapore’s F1 pitlane for full damage assessment. Action packed video Here...


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