One week ago J Class sailing yachts the  43.6-meter Svea and 42.6-meter Topaz have been involved in a serious collision, slamming into each other at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua.



According to the Class J Association, the incident occurred just before the start of the first race on March 12th. Two crew members were injured and received medical attention. One of whom is suffering from four broken ribs after being pushed overboard by the bow of Svea and the other is with minor injuries having been knocked by the runner tail of Topaz. Both boats sustained damage and have been withdrawn from the regatta. On Topaz the port runner winch was torn off, the boom was broken, backstay broke under the load, the port gunwale was damaged and also the the mast was put under extreme load from the impact. On Svea the forward underbody was badly damaged.



By words of Peter Holmberg approximately one minute 40 seconds before the start, Svea was on a collision course with Topaz that tryed to luffed to avoid, but Svea failed. Anyway, it was not possible for Topaz to avoid the collision and it was witnessed by two umpires in different boats. 

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