- fortunately, I was on a US Navy
carrier at the time.
More to the point of this forum, I was working the foredeck in a race
on the upwind leg, starboard tack, standing by the mast
on the high side and generally enjoying life, when we got hit by another boat in the race
. I was vaguely aware that everyone in the afterguard was yelling "Starboard!", but - let's face it - who really knows what goes on back there, anyway? If you work the foredeck, the cockpit
is just somewhere you have to go through to reach the pointy end. Oh, and that's where lunch comes from. But I digress.
So the whole thing took me by surprise. The only thing I saw was the other boat's bow come up through the jib
, whip by my face just the other side of the mast
, scrape down the boom splitting the bottom of the main, and disappear off the stern. Missed all the crew, although I heard later that a couple of trimmers had to be pretty nimble.
Oh, and it took out all the shrouds on the port side. We loosed the sheets
in time to save the mast, but it's amazing how far that thing will bend before it breaks.
Also hit the New Jersey
beach at full speed one night, but that was on purpose because the boat was sinking. Doesn't really count. And, of course, "Not my boat - the boss's boat."
Originally Posted by David M
I frequently hit sturgeon while running in shallow waters up in the San Pablo Bay area of the SF Bay
David - Not to be critical, but your sturgeon are poorly trained. Down here we teach them to wait for speeding jetskis and jump out of the water
in front of them. This is how we enforce the no-wake zones and general peace and quiet.