This news article doesn't mention the 40 knot
winds, but apparently strong winds are why they hold the race
this time of year.
Full article link. https://www.italy24news.com/sports/news/128162.html
and assistance interventions this year have been numerous, due to the demanding sea and wind
conditions, but the very limited number of competitors has avoided the major dangers typical of the regatta
, which are always linked to crowding. of the starting line and the consequent collisions.
Barcolana 53, a capsized boat
: the sailors await rescue
The most serious accident
occurred in the center of the race
course, near the first mark; the conductor of a 10-meter Slovenian sailing boat
, with six people on board, apparently following a collision
with another competitor, was no longer able to steer his unit, which began to take on water
and to sink. Nearby was the CP 310 patrol boat, which reached the accident
site recovering the six survivors when their boat was still half-sunk; then the underwater nucleus of the Fire Brigade intervened, who managed to position a buoy connected to the sunken unit, to allow for a possible subsequent recovery and to issue a precise urgent notice to sailors.
A seventh castaway, who fell from a boat shortly after departure, was recovered by the Green Dolphin who was passing near the accident site. (Here the video)