Collision disrupts Louis Vuitton Trophy

A collision which crumpled the bow of one of the pair of BMW Oracle America's Cup vessels being used to contest the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, has seriously disrupted the race schedule for at least the next few days, but there was at least some more good news for skipper Ben Ainslie and the crew of Britain's Team Origin.

The crash came as Bertrand Pace, at the helm for French team Aleph, tried to duck behind the stern of the Azzurra team boat but instead whacked the stern of his Italian rival.

Much blowing of whistles and waving of penalty flags, including a black disqualification flag for Pace, was overshadowed by both boats having to return to the dock, be hauled out, and handed over to the shore repair teams.

Watch the collision by clicking here.

While all the drama was focussed on the start line, Ainslie was involved in a mighty tussle with the German-French team All4One, having first to block them at the top turning mark and then being chased all the way home to win by just five seconds.

But a win is a win and that gave Britain a 2-3 record in a bid first to make the top eight of the 10 teams, all with America's Cup challenge hopes, and so avoid the cut which would mean exclusion from the quarter finals.

Not expecting to be similarly threatened is Emirates Team New Zealand, but a combination of typically intuitive tactical choices by Brazilians Torben Grael and Robert Scheidt, plus an untypical fluff in sail handling, saw helmsman Ed Baird take Luna Rossa through the finish 15 seconds ahead.

Optimism was the word from the Royal Yachting Association after the coalition government announcement that arts and sports spending faced an £83m cut. "Clearly, in such testing times, there is the need for all to take a good look at spending, but certainly the high performance sports community is ready to fight its corner," said a spokesman.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower