During the second race on the second day of the Australian leg of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, Lino Sonego Team Italia scuffed due to a sudden gust of particularly strong wind coming from the Sydney Opera House. The organization’s security team was immediately on the scene to provide assistance to the entire crew consisting of Italians Enrico Zennaro, Nevio Sabadin and Stefano Rizzi from French helmsman and Olympic sailor Pierre Pennec and Englishman Tom Buggy.
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In view of the challenging weather conditions, the fleet had already been divided into two groups, so at the time of the incident there were only six boats racing, all with one hand of reefing on the mainsail. The Italian team, assisted by the organization’s safety team, showed great seamanship and after righting the boat in just 30 minutes took part in the next race, thus meeting the day’s competitive schedule.