Sunday 21 January 2018

Capsizing brings port races to a halt


The Route des Princes race around Europe had major weather-inspired alterations forced on it over the weekend and became world news in the process.

Crew member Jacques Guichard, brother of Spindrift skipper Yann Guichard, was treated for fractures to his pelvis after their trimaran capsized seconds after starting the first of six in-port races scheduled for Dun Laoghaire on Saturday and Sunday.

Spindrift was the overall leader of the event that started in Valencia two weeks ago.

Racing was abandoned on Saturday as a recovery operation got under way to bring the 70ft trimaran to shore where it was righted.

Ten people were on board when it capsized in less than 10 seconds – occurring just a month after the tragedy in San Francisco when British Olympic sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson was killed in a similar incident while training on the Swedish Americas Cup challenger Artemis.

Images and video footage of the complete incident were distributed and shared around the world minutes later.

Meanwhile, gale-force conditions on Dublin Bay yesterday forced the complete abandonment of the inshore series as the fleet do not start when winds exceed 30 knots.

In a further disappointment, conditions are today expected to flip completely to near calm weather meaning that the proposed round-Ireland speed sailing record attempt will be deferred and the fleet minus one entry will race on to Plymouth this morning.


Irish riders were on fire at Hickstead over the weekend but were denied the coveted Derby trophy, which went to Britain's Philip Miller yesterday.

On Friday, Shane Breen won the Derby Trial with Cos I Can while his brother, Trevor, slotted Adventure de Kannan into runner-up spot. Derry man Jordan Coyle clinched third in the Master's Challenge with Cool a Tee later in the day.

On Saturday, the Irish went into overdrive when Robbie Power, winner of the 2007 Grand National with Silver Birch, won the Led Sport Speed Derby riding his sister Elizabeth's former eventer Doonaveeragh O One.

In yesterday's feature, the Hickstead Derby, the best Irish finisher was Trevor Breen, who took third with Adventure de Kannan.

At Fontainbleau in France, 17-year-old Allen Bertram secured another sensational win when riding Molly Malone in the Prix Generali.

Irish Independent

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