Saturday 21 July 2018

This is what a near miss looks like from the deck of a racing boat

Potential disaster was narrowly averted.

Footage from on-board the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat during the Volvo Ocean race
Footage from on-board the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat during the Volvo Ocean race

By Max McLean

Sailing might look a gentle sport from the comfort of the couch, but on board it’s a very different story – as this near miss demonstrates.

During the opening day of the Volvo Ocean race – a 45,000 mile race around the world – Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain’s Dee Caffari, came close to disaster.

From above the incident looked tight, demonstrating just how close the two boats came to crashing.

And footage from on board was even more dramatic – passing just inches from spectator boats, the near collision prompted wild shouts from the crew of “get out of the way”.

With six continents to visit in total, and this being the 13th and longest edition in the race’s history, Turn the Tide on Plastic’s journey could have been very short-lived indeed.

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