December 8, 1994 |
The French team's yacht for the upcoming America's Cup races was damaged Wednesday during an accident in the team compound on Mission Bay. A piece of equipment used to lift the yacht into the water failed, dropping the yacht and forcing the keel up through the deck. There was no structural damage to the hull, the French syndicate said. But the yacht's deck suffered substantial damage and the mast is beyond repair.
January 13, 1992 |
The newest Il Moro di Venezia boat sustained a hole in its starboard side after a collision with the jury boat before the start of Sunday's practice race for America's Cup challengers. Almost drifting in light wind, Marc Pajot sailed France's new Ville de Paris into the lead at the first mark, but then the wind died completely and the race was abandoned. Il Moro spokesman Stefano Roberti described the damage as a hole two feet by half a foot, two feet above the waterline.
January 9, 1992 |
A French America's Cup yacht rear-ended Spirit of Australia during a practice race off San Diego, knocking both sloops out of practice races for at least two days. The collision occurred as the boats rounded the leeward mark at the end of the second leg of the America's Cup course. The Australian boat slowed as its spinnaker dropped into the water. The French boat, Ville de Paris, was unable to steer clear and rode up onto Spirit of Australia's transom for about a minute and a half.
January 6, 1992 |
A chase boat for the French America's Cup syndicate saved a disabled 38-foot power cruiser with three adults and two children aboard from blowing onto the rocks at Point Loma Sunday, and an Italian boat nearly sank while under tow in heavy seas at the mouth of San Diego Bay. Pascal Apicella, commander of the Le Defi Francais tender fleet, was in a 27-foot, outboard-powered inflatable boat and Serge Guillaume and saw a Coast Guard helicopter hovering over the cruiser.
April 19, 1991 |
The mast broke on one of Italy's two America's Cup boats as they sailed off San Diego. The skipper was John Kolius, an American working for the Il Moro di Venezia syndicate and sailing the "trial horse" boat against skipper Paul Cayard's primary boat. The incident was not expected to be a serious setback for Il Moro, which has three boats and the deepest resources of all the syndicates.
September 22, 1989 |
Preliminary investigation into a collision of two sportfishing boats carrying 32 people indicates that one skipper was asleep at the helm and the other was absent from the bridge, a Coast Guard investigator said Thursday. General charges of negligence are likely to be made, jeopardizing the licenses of Aztec operator Lorna Roberts and Temptress operator Craig Stanton, said Lt. Larry Solberg of the Coast Guard's San Diego marine safety office.