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.
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”.
When they tried to moor to the buoy something went wrong. To everyone’s surprise the boat got loose and drifted towards the rocks.
Although their powerboat was there, due to the confusion no one was able to do anything. It happened very quickly.
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.
To everyone’s relief, they were able to set sail and head out to the bay.
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.
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.
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