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It rained hard all morning in Newport. In the afternoon the weather cleared somewhat, and the wind was up. Yesterday there were hundreds of boats on the bay, but today it belonged to Luna Rossa. With winds around 20 knots, the two Italian boats put on a thrilling show that was enjoyed by the spectators gathered on the shore line.

Even when racing ends, the opportunity for carnage remains. Word is that Dean Barker had to luff to avoid two spectator boats after the finish of the day’s final race. That move, combined with a sudden wind gust, caused the boat to nearly go over. The choice was capsize or bring it down on the committee boat, which was motoring and hadn’t seen the spectator boats. The ETNZ boat suffered damage to a rudder, and some under rigging. Fortunately, no one on the committee boat or ETNZ was injured, and the AC45 will be repaired and back in the water tomorrow. In other good news, the Coast Guard will be on station for the remainder of the regatta insuring that spectator boats will no longer be an issue.