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29er World, Capizzano not only takes good pictures, also put his live

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...there's a 29er in there somewhere?!? :blink:

...maybe a bit of boat in the bottom of the third picture??

 

...hope everyone's allright!

,,sorry 'bout the boat!(??)

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here's the story:

 

An ARG was hired to be the coach/support for the Chilean 29er team. He rented a rib from a local fisherman and when he was on the water, the engine died. He was being towed in by a RC support boat and when they hit the channel entrance, they both flipped. The ARG/CHI coach had had his appendix out like 2 days earlier in BsAs. On the way in, Capizzano (who grew up here and was the head Opti coach for many years) saw the guys were in distress and jumped in to save them. Both went to the hospital and both are ok.

 

The fisherman then demanded with threats $3500 from the Chilean sailors to the point of some pushing/shoving & they brought their thugs in as well. The Chileans were truly scared and didn't sail yesterday because of the threats. The Chilean embassy is now involved.

 

I saw the Chileans this morning (i'll post a video interview of them tonight) and they're back on the water. It looks like the problem may be resolved now.

 

BTW - no 29ers flipped in the entrance

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Glad to hear they are all OK!

 

Now who is going to pay the local fishermen for their boat. When you borrow someones boat if you fail to bring it back in one piece it is up to the one who borrowed the boat to replace it no questions asked end of story.

 

 

here's the story:

 

An ARG was hired to be the coach/support for the Chilean 29er team. He rented a rib from a local fisherman and when he was on the water, the engine died. He was being towed in by a RC support boat and when they hit the channel entrance, they both flipped. The ARG/CHI coach had had his appendix out like 2 days earlier in BsAs. On the way in, Capizzano (who grew up here and was the head Opti coach for many years) saw the guys were in distress and jumped in to save them. Both went to the hospital and both are ok.

 

The fisherman then demanded with threats $3500 from the Chilean sailors to the point of some pushing/shoving & they brought their thugs in as well. The Chileans were truly scared and didn't sail yesterday because of the threats. The Chilean embassy is now involved.

 

I saw the Chileans this morning (i'll post a video interview of them tonight) and they're back on the water. It looks like the problem may be resolved now.

 

BTW - no 29ers flipped in the entrance

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BTW - no 29ers flipped in the entrance

 

Plenty of 29ers flipped just outside the entrance and a top boat broke a vang arm and hiking strap. We rolled up on the situation with the coach boats just as it was happening. There are some details that are being left out here. Apparently the CHI coach boat was being towed by another RIB. For some reason that tow line stopped existing. With no motor and no tow line the CHI coach boat was doomed. Not sure what happened to the tow line. That is an issue that needs to be worked out.

 

We also flipped just outside the entrance and were frantically trying to prevent the boat from going turtle as we would have surely lost the rig.

 

A big thank you and recognition needs to be given to all of the coach boats at this event for standing by in and around the entrance every day to lend support if needed. While we were trying to right our boat in 10' waves that day, the AUS coach was standing by. The day our mast collapsed an ARG coach picked us up and towed us in.

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