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72′ Mini-Maxi Bella Mente sailed into the submerged wreck of an old fishing boat yesterday, hitting it at around ten knots during a beat on the first race of the day at Key West.  Hap Fauth (with Terry Hutchinson on tactics and Moose Sanderson on strategy) was at the helm of the sexy new(ish) boat when she hit, the bulb driving through the side of the wreck’s superstructure and hanging the boat up hard.  300 hp on the tender wasn’t enough to pull her off, and Heidi Benjamin’s gorgeous tender Jem was enlisted to put some real power behind the two-astern, and off she came, and BM sailed the second race of the day as well with the dinged up bulb and fin, and they still came out on top of two old Mini-Maxis- the old Shockwave and the chartered Numbers with Rome Kirby at the helm.