London Olympics: Images of Portland - a painful capsize

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)

The Kirkland brothers from Bermuda were involved in an interesting and painful incident in the fifth race of the 49er class at the 2012 Olympic Regatta.

Just short of the finish line, when twin wire reaching the leeward wing caught the waters of Portland Harbour, triggering a capsize. Crew Alexander Kirkland fell awkwardly and was in some pain as the boat drifted to the finish line.

They were able to recover in time and sail the second race of the day, placing 12th overall


Sail-World's camera tells the story:

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crewman Alexander Kirkland (BER) screams in agony as their 49er, he races with brother Jesse Kirkland, capsizes close to the finish. They were unable to right their boat and continue sailing

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crewman Alexander Kirkland (BER) screams in agony as their 49er, he races with brother Jesse Kirkland, capsizes close to the finish. They were unable to right their boat and continue sailing August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER) August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crewman Alexander Kirkland (BER) screams in agony as their 49er, he races with brother Jesse Kirkland, capsizes close to the finish. They were unable to right their boat and continue sailing

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)


August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 49er crew Jesse and Alexander Kirkland (BER)