Americas Cup News Flash - Young America Sinking!
by Selwyn Manning
High winds on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf
has inflicted serious structural damage to Young
The New York Yacht Club team yacht Young America
began to split in two during its race against Nippon
Winds on the Gulf were around 20 knots at the
time with a one metre [over three foot].
The yacht broke
at the deck just behind the mast on the final upwind leg.
Cracks are showing from the shear line to under the water
line and the boat has taken on a banana shape.
members are still onboard - all others took to the water and
have been picked up safely. A line has been attached to
Young America and a tender vessel is attempting to tow her
to shore. It has floatation bags and a water pump onboard in
an attempt to keep her afloat.
All sails have been
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