America’s Cup San Francisco – Team China Mishap

This post is part of my America’s Cup in San Francisco blog post series.

I was on my way back to the America’s Cup base at pier 30-32 when I stopped at the Marina Greens to take a picture of France’s Energy Team’s boat that was berthing there. I am still a bit puzzled that they left their boat there for the night.

France's Energy Team America's Cup boat berthing at Marina Greens
France’s Energy Team America’s Cup boat berthing at Marina Greens

Team China was the last one on the waters today and they had the same idea as the Energy Team; “Let’s leave the sailing boat here and take the powerboat back to camp”.

America's Cup Team China berthing at Marina Greens
America’s Cup Team China berthing at Marina Greens

When they tried to moor to the buoy something went wrong. To everyone’s surprise the boat got loose and drifted towards the rocks.

Team China's boat got loose
Team China’s boat got loose

Although their powerboat was there, due to the confusion no one was able to do anything. It happened very quickly.

Team China's boat in very shallow water
Team China’s boat in very shallow water
Team China's boat hitting land
Team China’s boat hitting land
Team China's boat 'on the rocks'
Team China’s boat ‘on the rocks’

Luckily, it doesn’t look like there was any serious damage to the boat. Carefully, the crew lifted the sailing boat and their powerboat pulled it back to sea.

Team China moving their boat off the rocks
Team China moving their boat off the rocks

To everyone’s relief, they were able to set sail and head out to the bay.

Team China's boat is afloat again
Team China’s boat is afloat again

If you look at the image above, you’ll see there were only three sailors on board. Some got lost in the action… poor guys. They had to swim to catch their ride back home to the base.

Team China members swimming 'exercise'
Team China members swimming ‘exercise’

The boat made it back to pier 30-32 for further inspection. I hope they will be able to head out again tomorrow for some more training.

Team China's boat lifted out of the water
Team China’s boat lifted out of the water





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1 thought on “America’s Cup San Francisco – Team China Mishap”

  1. WoW!!! amazing sequence of images and your return home nabbed you some unique shots that probably NOT too many others got!! wow!!! great images and description of what happened!!! thanks for sharing!!

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