Hit and Run
Breeze into the thirties propelled Leopard of London to a new course record in the Round the Island Race this weekend, but the list of carnage is even more impressive. The event website lists the following casualties:
- 4 boats were dismasted;
- 5 boats were damaged and needed a tow;
- 1 boat sank [a Laser SB3, we hear -ed]
- 1 boat upturned / capsized;
- 11 MOB
- 5 injuries including one person lifted off by helicopter to Southampton General with a head injury – we understand this person is now out of danger;
- 5 boats grounded.
Coincidentally, another Marten 49 was one of the damaged boats (we ran a story last week on a T-boned Marten 49 in Fremantle). This one, Pace, reported that Leopard ran them over from behind, with the big boat’s huge bowsprit hooking Pace’s backstay and taking it out, smashing the steering pedestals, and ripping out most of the stanchions on the starboard side. Leopard obviously didn’t retire, though we have no word yet on the results of the protest.