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The worry here must surely be focused on the Ineos T6 boat specifically and on a program that was already well behind by all metrics.

I do hope they recover fast but having filled both hulls with water, and the mast, and had batteries set fire to things? There could be a lot of damage!
Both hull? it’s a monohull… one hull
 

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In a dramatic turn of events in the world of America's Cup yachting, the British test boat T6 capsized and almost sank off the coast of Mallorca today. The incident occurred during a routine training session and caught everyone by surprise. The boat was hit by a strong wave, which caused it to capsize and put the lives of the crew members in grave danger.

However, in a moment of bravery and quick thinking, the boat's captain, Sir Ben Ainslie, sprang into action and saved the crew from certain death by drowning. Sir Ben, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most experienced sailors in the world, quickly assessed the situation and managed to get all the crew members to safety.

The incident has shocked the yachting community and has sparked a wave of admiration for Sir Ben's heroism. Many are hailing him as a true hero and a role model for aspiring sailors everywhere. His quick thinking and bravery under pressure have been praised, and his actions are a testament to his experience and leadership skills.

The boat, T6, is the test boat for INEOS TEAM UK, the British challenger for the 36th America's Cup. The boat was in Mallorca for a training session ahead of the main event, which is set to take place in 2024. Despite the incident, the team remains undaunted and is determined to continue its preparations for the America's Cup.

In conclusion, the capsizing of the T6 and the bravery of Sir Ben Ainslie have once again highlighted the dangers and challenges of yachting, but also the bravery and quick thinking of its participants. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety measures and the vital role played by experienced sailors like Sir Ben Ainslie in ensuring the safety of their sailing crew.




 

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In a dramatic turn of events in the world of America's Cup yachting, the British test boat T6 capsized and almost sank off the coast of Mallorca today. The incident occurred during a routine training session and caught everyone by surprise. The boat was hit by a strong wave, which caused it to capsize and put the lives of the crew members in grave danger.

However, in a moment of bravery and quick thinking, the boat's captain, Sir Ben Ainslie, sprang into action and saved the crew from certain death by drowning. Sir Ben, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most experienced sailors in the world, quickly assessed the situation and managed to get all the crew members to safety.

The incident has shocked the yachting community and has sparked a wave of admiration for Sir Ben's heroism. Many are hailing him as a true hero and a role model for aspiring sailors everywhere. His quick thinking and bravery under pressure have been praised, and his actions are a testament to his experience and leadership skills.

The boat, T6, is the test boat for INEOS TEAM UK, the British challenger for the 36th America's Cup. The boat was in Mallorca for a training session ahead of the main event, which is set to take place in 2024. Despite the incident, the team remains undaunted and is determined to continue its preparations for the America's Cup.

In conclusion, the capsizing of the T6 and the bravery of Sir Ben Ainslie have once again highlighted the dangers and challenges of yachting, but also the bravery and quick thinking of its participants. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety measures and the vital role played by experienced sailors like Sir Ben Ainslie in ensuring the safety of their sailing crew.
Thank fuck, another Bart Simpson is NOT what we need.
 

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Thank fuck, another Bart Simpson is NOT what we need.
Thank fuck too, for Captain Sir Ben's heroism, wow!

While the article does not say, am guessing he was the very last one to abandon ship. Maybe we will see the video.
 

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From this one making the rounds, 'the emergency keel?'

In a dramatic turn of events in America's Cup yachting news, the British test boat T6 capsized off the coast of Mallorca today, putting the lives of the crew in peril. The boat, which was being piloted by Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time and the skipper of the British America's Cup team, was testing new technology in preparation for the upcoming race.

However, things took a turn for the worse when the boat was hit by a strong gust of wind and capsized. The crew was thrown into the water and were at risk of drowning as the boat started to take on water. But in a moment of bravery and quick thinking, Sir Ben Ainslie sprang into action and saved the crew from certain death.

Sir Ben quickly assessed the situation and made the decision to release the emergency keel, which allowed the boat to right itself and prevented it from sinking. He then helped the crew back onboard and made sure everyone was safe.

His actions were a testament to his bravery and leadership, and he has been hailed as a hero by his crew and the sailing community. The incident has once again highlighted the dangers that sailors face in the America's Cup, and the skill and determination required to overcome such challenges.

The British America's Cup team has not yet commented on the incident, but it is expected that they will investigate the cause of the capsizing and take any necessary steps to ensure the safety of their crew and equipment in the future.

In the meantime, Sir Ben Ainslie and his team can rest easy knowing that they are in good hands with a captain who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his crew and ensure their safety.
 

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Geezus, it's no wonder BA was knighted. Can one be knighted twice? These heroic accounts make it sound a worthy proposition.
 

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Smoking...
Wow
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INEOS Britannia, Britain's challenger for the 37th America 's Cup, has suffered damage to their T6 Test Boat after a capsize incident during a test day on Palma Bay, Mallorca in Spain.

The capsize incident happened four hours into the test day after rounding up from a downwind course to an upwind course in 18 knots of breeze.

After initially lying on its side, T6 rolled over to fully invert in the water with mast and double skinned main sail submerged, work quickly began to get her back upright.

The shore crew and sailors worked together for over two hours and after initially righting T6 back on its side they were able to fully right the yacht. T6 was then side towed by support boat back to the team base, where a full assessment of damage is underway.

The team also faced further challenges when the lithium batteries, that powers the yachts systems, reacted to seawater ingress causing a fire on board. The response was well managed with specialist training coming to the fore to mitigate the damage.

INEOS Britannia Skipper and Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie said, “It was a tough situation for the team once T6 fully inverted. Everyone came together well to resolve what could have been a much more serious issue in salvaging the yacht. Thankfully everyone is safe, and we can now focus on repairing the damage as part of a pre-scheduled upgrade window at the end of this week.”

Top sailing journalist, Justin Chisholm who is also part of the AC37 Joint Recon team assigned to stalk the British team, was on the water and describes the incident:

INEOS Britannia suffered a setback to their campaign today after capsizing their T6 LEQ12 test boat during a fast and furious testing session in winds gusting to 18 knots on Palma Bay.

The team had enjoyed two and half hours of high speed sailing in winds of 15 to 18 knots and had comfortably pulled off a number of foiling tacks and gybes as well as bear aways and roundups.

At shortly before 1600, after a blistering downwind run that had left the team’s chase boats and the recon team struggling to keep up the boat rounded up onto a reach but then seemed to get out of kilter with leeward heel and a big bow up.

After the subsequent splash down the boat was quickly back up and foiling, but seconds later the crew seemed to lose control and the boat capsized.

It went over on its starboard side and was quickly righted with assistance from the shore crew after a bow tow line was swiftly attached to the team’s largest chase boat.

However, as the boat came upright the crew seemed unable to depower the mainsail and shortly after the boat capsized a second time – this time on its port side.

As the support team scrambled to set up for a second righting the mast and sails began to disappear as the boat turned fully turtle with its two foils and rudder pointing skywards.

The team’s skipper Ben Ainslie – who had become separated from the boat – was quickly retrieved by a chase boat and immediately began to help coordinate the next stage of rescue operation. Meanwhile helmsman Giles Scott and flight controller/trimmer Bleddyn Mon had clambered over onto the bottom of the upturned hull where they were joined by boat captain Chris Schirmer.

With the boat upside down there was a risk of water ingress to the hull so the team attached a large inflatable buoy to the bow and fed a long sausage-shaped inflatable tube under the foredeck.

After the team’s safety diver somehow managed to attach an inflatable buoy to the top of the inverted mast, a side tow line eventually got the boat back into the capsize position on to its starboard side.

This enabled the crew to cut away the double skin M2 mainsail and the J3 headsail – which were both hauled aboard a chase boat – before a long period of coordinated towing from the two ribs (one on the bow, the other pulling laterally on a line first attached to the hull and then shifted to the upturned port foil) eventually brought the boat upright.

With the bow of the boat submerged up to the mast, the support crew had to move fast to get several pumps onto the boat to avoid it becoming swamped. There were a few tense moments before the bow began to rise again but soon it was obvious that the pumps and the multiple buckets that had been deployed had done the job.

Then, with the tattered head of the mainsail and the orange inflatable buoy still at the top of the mast, T6 was coaxed gently towards Palma Port with a chase boat attached on either side.

Shortly before entering the harbour the crew had to deploy specialist fire extinguishers to deal with the boat’s now smouldering Lithium Ion batteries.

Back on the dock at 1855 the shore team was ready and waiting to attach crane lines and start to tidy the boat up ready for haul out.
 

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The team’s skipper Ben Ainslie – who had become separated from the boat – was quickly retrieved by a chase boat
Here I thought based on the above reports that as Captain, Ben had tried valiantly to be last to abandon ship. Glad he was the first to safety, I guess.
 
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SNAFU also applies.
It is possible that the diver cut the sail away at the top so that they could get the sails off the mast before un-turtling. The double surface sails hold tons of water and something could break if they pull ona righting rope with a motorboat.....also they said that they could not ease the sails, and we all know you have to ease the sails to right a boat. Screen Shot 2023-02-08 at 3.14.36 PM.png
 
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I wonder if, back in Brackley, they spotted any interesting Mallorcan fish or turtles swim by before the camera systems caught fire and then failed?

I ask because of a fun disaster-memory, when I lost a drone into my lake on my very first ever drone flight, I flew it sideways by mistake when it turns out it has no side obstacle avoidance sensors, hit some tree limbs overhanging the water, and it took a dive into the water. Had to replace it. The best part of that video, maybe my favorite drone vid so far, is how the camera worked even underwater for a while :)
 
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Did the crew save Ben or did Ben save the crew?
Sounds like a combination. Starting with crew throwing themselves into the water to help Ben's thrashing around while trying to reach the lifeboat, then the crew returning to the Silver Bullet and listening to orders being yelled about how to save the boat from sinking? Something like that...

Atwinda made a good post above somewhere about putting this into context. We've not seen any AC related boat turn turtle and almost sink, in many-many years. We can make fun of it since nobody got hurt but yes, it's also newsworthy.
 
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In a dramatic turn of events in the world of America's Cup yachting, the British test boat T6 capsized and almost sank off the coast of Mallorca today. The incident occurred during a routine training session and caught everyone by surprise. The boat was hit by a strong wave, which caused it to capsize and put the lives of the crew members in grave danger.

However, in a moment of bravery and quick thinking, the boat's captain, Sir Ben Ainslie, sprang into action and saved the crew from certain death by drowning. Sir Ben, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most experienced sailors in the world, quickly assessed the situation and managed to get all the crew members to safety.

The incident has shocked the yachting community and has sparked a wave of admiration for Sir Ben's heroism. Many are hailing him as a true hero and a role model for aspiring sailors everywhere. His quick thinking and bravery under pressure have been praised, and his actions are a testament to his experience and leadership skills.

The boat, T6, is the test boat for INEOS TEAM UK, the British challenger for the 36th America's Cup. The boat was in Mallorca for a training session ahead of the main event, which is set to take place in 2024. Despite the incident, the team remains undaunted and is determined to continue its preparations for the America's Cup.

In conclusion, the capsizing of the T6 and the bravery of Sir Ben Ainslie have once again highlighted the dangers and challenges of yachting, but also the bravery and quick thinking of its participants. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety measures and the vital role played by experienced sailors like Sir Ben Ainslie in ensuring the safety of their sailing crew.
Is that a press release by Aislie’s agent, or some sort of Brit love letter?
 

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Is that a press release by Aislie’s agent, or some sort of Brit love letter?
You could be onto something :D

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Please write an account about how in America's Cup yachting news the British test boat T6 capsized and almost sank off Mallorca today. And about the heroism of the boat's captain, Sir Ben Ainslie, who saved the crew from certain death by drowning.
 


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