By Saturday, Michael Hennessey’s Class 40 Dragon was finally on a roll in the Atlantic Cup. Tied for first place going into the final weekend of inshore racing in Newport, Dragon got a great start in the first inshore race today, with a great kite hoist leading to a 7 boatlength lead at the turning mark off Beavertail. And then disaster struck; Dragon clipped a big rock just as bowgirl and former SCOTW Emma Creighton went out on the bowsprit to set up the douse. The boat went from 12 knots to zero, knocking the crew off its feet and launching Emma off the bow, though the young Maine native’s badassery knows no bounds, and somehow she held on, and no one was injured on the crew.
The boat is another story however; have a look here and you’ll see what we mean. Cracked keel box, cracked grid frames, wrecked fairing, and cracked glass around the keel entry. Huge bummer on a beautiful Memorial Weekend sailing day, but it could have been much worse.
More info at the Atlantic Cup site here, huge thanks to SA’er “Mister Sail” for the shot of Emma to your left, and to Julianna for the keel shot.