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US Sailing seeks inquiry into capsize that injured Olympian

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SAN DIEGO (AP) U.S. Sailing has asked World Sailing and the Nacra 17 class association to investigate a capsize in which Olympian Bora Gulari of Detroit lost parts of three fingers on his right hand.

Malcolm Page, chief of Olympic sailing, says U.S. Sailing wants to know if the catamarans, which recently were upgraded to allow foiling, can be made safer.

Page also said that he’s asked the Italian sailing team to see a video of the accident.

Gulari told The Associated Press that the capsize happened so fast that he wasn’t sure if the tips of three fingers were severed because his hand was caught in a line that controls the boom or if they were cut by a hydrofoil.

The capsize occurred Wednesday in France as Gulari and crew Helena Scutt practiced for the world championships.

You can read more on the injury here.

Bora Gulari, US Olympic sailor, loses parts of 3 fingers in boat capsize

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LA GRANDE-MOTTE, France (AP) U.S. Sailing says Olympian Bora Gulari of Detroit lost parts of three fingers on his right hand when his catamaran capsized during training for the world championships.

The governing body says Gulari’s fingers became entangled in the rigging of his Nacra 17 when it capsized in strong winds Wednesday.

His crew, Helena Scutt of Kirkland, Washington, wasn’t injured.

Earlier this month, Nacras that had been converted to foiling catamarans were recalled due to a problem with the daggerboards. It wasn’t clear if there was a problem with the daggerboards in Gulari’s capsize.

Italian coach Gabriele Bruni came to the U.S. crew’s rescue, with U.S. coach David Howlett arriving a few minutes later. Scutt, who also is a U.S. Olympian, sailed the boat back to shore with help from Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist Santiago Lange of Argentina.

Gulari was recovering at a hospital after surgery and is expected to be back sailing in a month.

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Six sailors qualify for U.S. Olympic team

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Six sailors qualified for the U.S. Olympic team over the weekend, pushing the entire U.S. Olympic team across all sports to more than 30 members.

Paris Henken and Helena Scutt (49erFX), Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris (49er) and Bora Gulari and Louisa Chafee (Nacra 17) became the first members of the Rio Olympic sailing team via results in Florida competitions the last two months.

It’s the first Olympics for Henken, Scutt, Morris, Gulari and Chafee. Barrows sailed for the U.S. Virgin Islands at Beijing 2008.

U.S. sailors earned two medals at London 2012 — a gold from Anna Tunnicliffe and a silver from Zach Railey.

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