18th December

Going...........going.................gone!

MOD Spindrift capsizes in gusty conditions in Scotsman's Bay. Photo Gillian Mills/Inshore Ireland

Almost 40,000 people visited Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, for the Route des Princes festival at the end of June.

The first leg of inshore racing for the grand prix multihull fleet was abandoned abruptly when the MOD70 Spindrift capsized in a violent gust of wind.

MOD Spindrift capsizes in gusty conditions in Dublin Bay. Photo Gillian Mills/Inshore Ireland

Spindrift capsizes in gusty conditions in Scotsman's Bay. Photo Gillian Mills/Inshore Ireland

"We had 22 to 24 knots of wind on the start line with gusts of up to 30 knots at the lower end of the course.

“We were at the limit of weather conditions for our boats and it was not great for racing. All the MOD 70s had one reef in the main and staysail. We started a bit below and behind the fleet and found ourselves slightly in a wind shadow. When our rivals had moved away we had a sudden gust that literally flattened us,” remarked, skipper Yann Guichard.

The skipper’s brother Jacques Guichard suffered a fractured pelvis and was hospitalised in Dublin before returning to France.

 

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