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pleasure craft and it suffered in the heavy seas, taking a battering that almost resulted in us losing the inflatable collar which would have been a disaster.

“Now we have a full day to patch up the boat for the Cowes Torquay, if the sea conditions change we are still in with a chance. It is a classic endurance race, long, hard and where seamanship and good fortune must be plentiful; we are definitely not out of contention.”

Cowes Torquay Cowes – Sunday 29th August 2010

With even rougher waters and 10ft waves in places, it was no surprise that the treacherous conditions forced a host of early retirements in what has been aptly described since its formation in 1961 as one of the toughest endurance races on the planet.

Wettpunkt.com was one of those adversely affected and was forced to withdraw shortly after the start of the race following power loss in the starboard engine.

It was a massive disappointment to Bohinc and his team as they looked for an historic third victory in the event.

“We tested the boat in between the two heats and everything seemed fine,” he explained in the aftermath. “The circumstances meant that our boat would have struggled to complete the course and we reluctantly