Coutts Hurt in Crash
BMW ORACLE Racing’s in-house regatta in their two Extreme 40 catamarans
today, one of the boats capsized during an exciting downwind luffing match.
While no one was hurt during the capsize, team CEO/Skipper Russell Coutts
(NZL) sustained a minor injury while the crew were attempting to right
the boat. His leg was cut, and required nine stitches.
The other crew on board with Coutts were helmsman Franck Cammas (FRA),
Jonathan Macbeth (NZL) and Alberto Barovier (ITA). There were no other
During the retrieval of the catamaran, the mast broke. The boat and mast
were towed back to the team base for repairs. The team was race training
off Valencia in 17-20 knots of wind. Thanks to Gilles
Martin-Raget for the shot which was taken before the incident. We’re
waiting for those!