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Scuttlebutt Photos:
Match Cup Sweden - July 2-8, 2007
Marstrand, Sweden (event website) - Photos by Oskar Kihlborg/

Marstrand, Sweden (July 8, 2007) On a day that was a spectacular counterpoint to the light air that plagued most of the event, a near-gale westerly breeze gusted to nearly 40 knots throughout the day created waves that crested to over 2 metres high in the course area. For the audience assembled on the cliffs, the course area was a spectacular scene of breaking waves, spewing sea foam, and huge gusts of wind, with the DS 37s under reefed mains and jibs launching and crashing off the tops of the waves upwind, and hurdling at planing speeds in wild showers of spray off the wind.

This photo sequence shows off a spectating highlight from the day, where in the last match of the Petit Final, Mattias Rahm (SWE) was on the final spinnaker run to the finish , putting every last effort into trying to catch Jesper Radich (DEN) just a few lengths ahead, broke his mast just 100 metres from the finish. "We felt we were closing on him, planing on the waves, then the bow stuffed into the back of a big wave. The boat stopped and the rig just kept going," said Rahm. The bright green Santa Maria spinnaker carried the spar forward over the bow, and crew member Claes Dahlberg was thrown overboard in the process. The whole sequence occurred just metres in front of the hundreds of spectators arrayed on the cliffs to watch the action. Click here for the event story.

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