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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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Watch trailer for Ted Turner documentary ‘Courageous’ on America’s Cup

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“Courageous: Ted Turner and the 1977 America’s Cup,” a documentary on the media mogul’s journey through the sailing world, airs Saturday at 2:30pm ET on NBC.

The film will immediately follow NBC Sports coverage of the 2017 America’s Cup Match.

From NBC Sports PR:

While suspended from running the Braves and working through the infancy and challenges of early cable television with his SuperStation, Turner became fixated with winning the 1977 America’s Cup. The unconventional pioneer bet his reputation and image on the victory, and saw glory in a 4-year-old boat and a crew that others had written off.

Courageous features interviews with Turner, his America’s Cup crew members, and sailing historians. Additionally the film includes archival footage from the 1977 America’s Cup and Turner’s multifaceted career, an interview with Braves legend and current Atlanta Braves Senior Vice President Hank Aaron, as well as never before seen footage and interviews.

Here’s the broadcast schedule for the 2017 America’s Cup Match:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., June 17 America’s Cup Match – Races 1-2 NBC 1 p.m.
Sun., June 18 America’s Cup Match – Races 3-4 NBC 1 p.m.
Sat., June 24 America’s Cup Match – Races 5-6 NBC 1 p.m.
Sun., June 25 America’s Cup Match – Races 7-8 NBC 1 p.m.
Mon., June 26 America’s Cup Match (if needed) NBCSN 1 p.m.
Tues., June 27 America’s Cup Match (if needed) NBCSN 1 p.m.

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