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The last thing you should do is capsize……


So what was the last thing that the Force team did this weekend, whilst out training in the AC45? Capsize.   Fortunately no-one was hurt, not was there any major damage. The Force team is the San Francisco based youth team racing in the Red Bull America’s Cup who are sponsored by LessAdmin.   Here is a video of the action:

And in the words of helmsman Michael Menninger’s here it how it all went wrong:

“After two hours of really solid practice, we set up for a gybe-set in a mark 1 situation. As we began to round the mark and bear-off, a gust hit us as the crew came off the rail to gybe. I felt that if we continued to turn down to round the mark, we were going to pitch pole or flip. Continuing to bear-off did not feel like it was the right move and we were not far off of a beam reach so I thought heading up was the safest thing to do.”

“As I began to head up, I dropped the wing sheet but it didn’t go out as it was on the runner. I continued to head up into the wind…but the boat was going over. It went over nice and gently. The main things are that everyone is safe and there is no significant damage to the boat or wing. It’s good we are pushing our sailing and learning as a team.”

Video credit:  American Youth Sailing Force

Image credit: Erik Simonson/