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Crew member named and shamed for causing Team USA to capsize

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Team USA members take the plunge after their capsize in practice which ruled them out of the Bermuda leg of Season 4 (Photograph courtesy of SailGP)

Data captured by the USA Team during the high-speed crash that caused them to withdraw from the Apex Group Bermuda Sail Grand Prix has revealed the man responsible for causing the capsize.

The information provided by the F50 defined the cause of the capsize as “user error” when wing trimmer Victor Diaz de Leon pressed a button which inverts the wing, rather than flattening it as was his intention, when he was positioned on the starboard side of the boat.

The SailGP technical team also revealed that the button was used successfully on seven occasions before the incident and that there was no issue with its operating performance.

Diaz de Leon has taken full responsibility for the incident and issued an apology to the team on Saturday,

“While operating the wing, I chose the wrong function on my control panel, which caused our boat to flip,” Diaz de Leon said.

Wing trimmer Victor Diaz de Leon pushed wrong button on the USA boat (Photograph courtesy of SailGP)

“It was very scary and I’m thankful that all my team-mates are safe.”

Mike Buckley, Team USA’s chief executive officer and stragetist, was keen to deflect attention away from individual responsibility and set the focus at team level.

“We knew right away what went wrong but mistakes can happen at any level,” Buckley said.

“We compete as a team and whatever the outcome is, whether it’s what we want, we win and lose as a team and we learn from it.”

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Published May 06, 2024 at 7:58 am (Updated May 06, 2024 at 7:58 am)

Crew member named and shamed for causing Team USA to capsize

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