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Damage to the Punta Del Este Clipper yacht in a collision off Capetown. The Clipper Race is “the only global race for non-professionals”

The race from Capetown to Freemantle had just started and as Sanya and Punta Del Este headed for the first mark which had been rounded first by Qingdao both yachts tried to occupy the same piece of water. From the pictures of the collision and the resulting damage it does appear to be a port/starboard incident with Sanya not dipping quite as far as she should – should perhaps have dumped the main a bit more to help the rudder turn the boat. (Look at the way the headsails are still sheeted on both boats)

Damage is estimated (by Clipper) to take 10-14 days to repair.