“The broken tree, a black fin…” sang Lou Colombo in the hit Maracaibo. Sharks aside (thankfully), the verse of the song seems to fit perfectly in this photosequence. We are on the French Riviera, where the 21st edition of Les Voiles d’Antibes, the first stage in the Mediterranean of the 2016 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, was staged. The boat protagonist of the dismasting (whose photosequence we show you exclusively) is the only 12-meter International Tonnage perfectly sailing in the Benelux, Zinita (20.04 meters long and 3.63 meters wide).
SEE GUIDO CANTINI’S PHOTOSEQUENCE
HOW WAS THIS POSSIBLE?
Analyzing the photos, it appears that the heath of the windward rigging has given way. Without the support of the rigging, the 25.5-meter-long wooden mast snapped just above the first order of spreaders. Fortunately, no one was hurt, not even the sailor who found himself, in spite of himself, leaving the role of bowman to don the role of acrobatic diver. Zinita was built in Fairlie, Scotland, designed by William Fife III for shipowner Arthur Connel in 1927. The boat underwent restoration by former owner Leo Arens in 2009.