Luna Rossa launched – Naples Day 1
Did you see Matthew Sheahan‘s Yachting Worldblog post about the boat carnage in Naples on Day 1 of Racing (Wed 11 April 2012)? Matthew writes:
The first focus of attention was on Artemis’ wing which, after hitting the water trailing edge first in their spectacular nose dive capsize had been wrecked beyond repair, at least within the timeframe available during this regatta.
He then quotes ACRM CEO and regatta director Iain Murray:
“It will take around 200 hours to fix the wing,” said Murray, “so I guess that’s around 20,000 Euros.”
But as the assembled journalists started to suck their teeth in surprise, Murray was quick to put the cost in perspective.
“To be honest we’re more concerned about the onboard camera that fell off their bowsprit, that’s worth 40,000 Euros.“It’s down there somewhere and if anybody knows where it is we’d like to have it back,” he joked.
Well, Iain, maybe I can help. Your GPS data tells you exactly where the boats were. I can tell you exactly when the camera fell off: While watching the race, I saw it fall off, well before the capsize. Watch this video:
31:50 Helicopter shot of Artemis approaching the left hand mark boat at the leeward gate.
31:56 Closeup of Artemis approaching the gate, 44 seconds after Spithill rounded.
32:02 The diagonal cable from the starboard hull to the bowsprit takes two shocks as the strut below the bowsprit hits waves and the camera falls off the bowsprit!
Too bad I didn’t find the exact moment in the replay until today – the weather is so rough today that racing has been cancelled and the waves probably stirred up the bottom and moved the sunken treasure of the €40,000 camera!