we had done a week of panerai classic sailing, which we won on all accounts. then on the first day of the worldcup we had a port starboard collision with Carron (K2, not SUI3 which is Carron II). collision mad for big damage (deck beam broken., forward hatch, shrouds, etc). We then went ahead locating the necessary repairs to try and get back in racing. by race 4 we were back with new shrouds, epoxied deck beam and a hatch that "worked without splinters, but needed to pump with the handpump constantly as the boat was leaking a lot. total damage still needs to be assessed, but that is up to the experts and insurance now.
We had massive help from local shops and competing teams who lend us their rib, parts and lend a hand where needed, etc. Truly amazing support from the 8mR class community, Carron unfortunately lost her forestay and by the force of the collision mast compressed at deck level, leaving them unable to race further and a broken mast. Luckily no one was hurt on both boats.
But getting the boat back on the racecourse and getting our heads together with a focus on racing for the topscores was a huge effort, making it my personal sweetest 3rd place victory.