There were collisions on the race course, outside the race course and even on Auckland's streets as America's Cup yachting challengers emerged bruised at the end of Louis Vuitton Cup racing today.
There were collisions on the race course, outside the race course and even on Auckland’s streets as America’s Cup yachting challengers emerged bruised at the end of Louis Vuitton Cup racing today.
Italian Luna Rossa tactician Torben Grael appeared battered and a bit sore after an altercation with a car while riding a bicycle in the city.
Be Happy, the Swiss boat, had some surface wounds after an umpire boat embarrassingly collided with it soon after the start of the race with AmericaOne in round-robin three competition today.
Then a Fullers catamaran carrying media and the public was hit three times by a boat chartered to the Prada syndicate, called Southerly and owned by businessman David Richwhite.
The Maritime Safety Authority has instructed both boats’ skippers to file a report about that incident, one of the first between spectator and official craft on the Louis Vuitton race course.
Grael said he was sporting a bruised chin, sore fingers and wounds “everywhere” after his cycle crash. “I was riding a bike with my Italian friends. But it’s a little dangerous here in New Zealand because the drivers don’t respect too much, so I was squeezed by a car against the sidewalk and had a bad landing,” he said.
Be Happy skipper Marc Pajot was unsure how the umpire boat came to hit his yacht, but the damage was not serious. But he said the Swiss were considering a protest against the AmericaOne support boat which sailed very close to the race course and created waves across the path of Be Happy for more than a minute.
He said the support boat had refused to budge, despite being waved at by Be Happy crew. He said the Swiss might protest, if the boat was on the course, because it was unacceptable for any craft to be there in the critical third round.