Bull 30 was reported to be on port tack when it collided with Cousin It
Matador crew lucky to escape serious injury as its mast crashes in Club Marine Series keelboat race.
The crew of the 9 metre sloop Matador were lucky to escape serious injury when the top section of their mast crashed to the deck, following a two boat head collision just minutes before the start of heat two of the Club Marine Series sailed on Port Phillip over the weekend.
The second division Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron based Bull 30 owned by Murray McCutcheon was reported to be on port tack when it collided with the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria based Adams 10.5 Cousin It, co owned by Adrian Caharija and Tony Fishley.
Mr McCutcheon said later, “Fortunately none was injured in the incident but the noise of our carbon mast snapping was frightening!”
Meanwhile at RYCV as the crew of Cousin It who claimed they were on starboard tack at the time, were preparing to lodge a protest. Its helmswoman Dianne Knight said, “Matador was forced up by a third boat into us standing its mast up which then snared the top of ours and the next thing there was a loud crack as I lost steerage!”
Cousin It’s mast and spreaders suffered stretched rigging and is to be inspected during the week, whilst Matador’s post Christmas ORCV Bay Dash campaign is in tatters, as its crew said it will take weeks to sort out a new rig which is insured, but not by the event’s naming rights sponsor.
Mike Sabey, Monday, 6 December 2010