The Energy Team AC45 broke its mooring overnight on Saturday night and the boat drifted into San Francisco Bay before it was secured at Treasure Island. Fortunately, the boat has only suffered minor damage.
“The Energy Team boat drifted about a mile from its mooring at Pier 30/32. Thankfully, it was a very calm night and the boat was returned to us without sustaining serious damage,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We’re grateful for the way this ended and for the help of a good samaritan at Treasure Island who spotted the boat and secured it before handing it back to us.”
The boat is now back at the team base at Pier 30/32 and repairs are underway. The Energy Team AC45 is expected to be ready to sail again on Monday and the French crew will be ready to race when the regatta starts on Tuesday.
“We are thankful to everyone who was able to help us out last night,” said skipper Loick Peyron. “It’s fortunate it wasn’t more serious and we’re looking forward to getting back on the race course.”
Energy Team has offered a guest racer spot to Todd Tholke, who spotted the boat at Treasure Island and assisted in getting it back to the team on Sunday morning. He is scheduled to race with the crew on Wednesday.
Iain Murray said his team would be reviewing the mooring equipment and procedures with the teams to ensure the security of the boats.