Pink takes it to the Extreme

John Pink and his crew try in vain to prevent Aberdeen Asset Management from capsizing. Picture: Lloyd Images
John Pink and his crew try in vain to prevent Aberdeen Asset Management from capsizing. Picture: Lloyd Images
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City racer John Pink was involved in a dramatic capsize during the Extreme Sailing Series held during Cowes Week.

After Artemis Racing and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild collided in the fourth race on Sunday, the breezy conditions continued on Monday. And in the sixth race, Pink’s Extreme 40 Aberdeen Asset Management cartwheeled spectacularly in gusty 20-25 knot conditions.

A new boy on the Extreme 40 circuit, he was charging downwind with reefed mainsail and gennaker, sandwiched between Italians Niceforyou and Austria’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing when her bows dug in as a big gust hit all three boats.

And with no room to manoeuvre, Aberdeen Asset Management cart-wheeled, flipped almost vertical, before capsizing.

‘We felt we were in control mainly and kept going a bit quicker than we had on the other days,’ explained Pink.

‘It just all got very close and the breeze kind of seemed to fill in behind so everyone bunched up a little bit and then we had nowhere to go.’

Pink, who is a contender for the British team at London 2012, and his three crew were unhurt in the crash.

And they were out racing again on Tuesday after some late-night repair and rebuilding work.

Racing was cancelled on Wednesday because of the high winds.