CRASH FROM CINETECA – The Sinking of One Australia.

australia-sinksMarch 7, 1995. We are during the round robin phase among the challengers of the America’s Cup in San Diego. For the first time in the history of the America’s Cup Class a boat sank: it was AUS 35 One Australia, which literally broke in two during the challenge against Team New Zealand.

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THE DYNAMICS OF THE ACCIDENT
During the second windward leg against Team New Zealand in a 1.5-meter wave and 20-knot wind, One Australia broke in two at the primary winches. There were excited phases on board. Helmsman Rod Davis exclaimed, “I think we’re going down,” skipper John Edwin Bertrand barely made it in time to alert the two men working below deck while meanwhile the crew began to dive overboard to be rescued by rescuers. The boat sank in 1 minute and 40 seconds. It was determined that the 19-ton AUS 35 sank to a depth of 150 meters at a speed of 12 knots-an impact capable of irreparably damaging the vessel. The boat still lies in the waters off San Diego.

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