Originally Posted by Andrew Troup
.... Damien II has been sailing pretty much continuously since the late 1970's...In extreme conditions, the keel is sometimes intentionally retracted.
I relied for this information on my recollection of several late night conversations over 'un coup de rouge' with the skipper
thirty years ago, so I felt a bit uneasy about writing the above.
I have certainly talked to other French lift-keel sailors over the decades (sailing shallow canoe-body draft
vessels with no stub keel) who do use this technique, and up until now I was sure Jérôme (of Damien II) was one of them.
However I have just had the opportunity to check this out with one of his family
who lived onboard throughout the eighties, and he reckons the keel on this particular boat was not raised offshore
, and would not be.
Given he was a small boy at the time, one would think perhaps he was not informed of such potentially worrying practices, but having spent time around the family
, I'm certain that he would have been entirely in the loop on such important matters, and would certainly remember it happening, unless it took place before he reached the age of four or five.
So I apologise for the misinformation, and hereby retract it.