Articles Catamarans Racing — 14 January 2013

Hero or hijacker? The question has swirled around night watchman Todd Tholke, who filed a $200,000 salvage claim after finding the French America’s Cup World Series team’s 45-foot catamaran in the dead of night after it drifted away from a San Francisco pier.

Tholke initially was praised, and a synopsis of the event on the French Energy Team’s website said he had been invited to join the team in the prestigious guest position during the last race of the series. “Fortunately, the sea was calm, and the damage was very limited,” the team said on its website the day after the AC45 was returned.

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