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Old 11-04-2007, 19:30   #31
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i reckon it only started to sink when they all climbed on the back at least thats what the pictures seem to show
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Old 11-04-2007, 20:07   #32
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I think she could have made it, northerncat . . .

. . . but she was a sitting duck when the breakers rolled her the second time. After the first roll, the Santana 22 looked to be on her feet and level. But after the second, she was clearly down by the stern. She was doomed at that point, and by the time the current had swept her into the cove, only the trapped air in the bow was keeping her up.

According to the crew, the boat was recovered by a salvor and floating "sans rigging."

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Old 18-04-2007, 13:41   #33
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To answer the question above, if the yacht had had her washboards in place and the hatch closed (and they stood up to the water pressure), then she shouldn't have taken significant water below deck, and therefore shouldn't have sunk.

Having said that, I don't know many people who'd routinely batten down the hatches like that for a gentle afternoon's sailing, even if they're normally very safety conscious.
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