Thursday, 27 May 2010
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena. Image copyright Giuliano Luzzatto/Mascalzone Latino Audi Team.
by Lorenza Priamo
The "Latin Rascals" were getting ready for the start of their match against Synergy when the crew of the Russian team indicated they had a small technical problem with the spinnaker pole and as a result their boat had to return to port in order to carry out the necessary repairs.
However, the fresh westerly breeze, that even topped 19 knots during the day, was quickly dying down, making it impossible to hold the race. The day was marked by the collision between Aleph, on USA 98, that violently hit Azzurra, onboard USA 87, causing severe damage to both yachts that will need at least some days to repair. The shore teams are already working hard and, fortunately, there were no injuries among the sailing crews.
Due to the impossibility to use the BMW ORACLE yachts, the races of the following days will be continue with just the two available Mascalzone Latino boats, ITA 90 and ITA 99, and with a revised schedule that is still being defined.
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team
Louis Vuitton Trophy