The shore crew goes to work on damage sustained during training a day before the start of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice.

The event schedule was thrown into flux this morning when ITA-99, one of two sloops on loan from Italys Mascalzone Latino team, was damaged during practice on the Bay of Angels.

Its an unfortunate situation, but these crews always push at the highest limits, said Bruno Troublé, spokesperson for the WSTA. Even in practice, theyre always trying to gain an edge. Were confident that the boat can be repaired and will return to racing soon.

The combined French/German team ALL4ONE was sailing ITA-99 when it clipped the transom of the race committee boat. The mishap put a two-meter cut in the starboard side of the hull.

Twenty members of the Mascalzone shore team are on site and some have been working on the repair all day. The yacht could return to action as soon as Monday.

Its a practise accident, which is not good, were trying to make every effort to fix it, said Jochen Schuemann, ALL4ONE skipper. There is a cut on the outer skin. It is a big cut but should be possible to fix.

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