Truly a sad loss - but if anyone reads Rob Mundles 'Fatal Storm' on the 93 Sydney
Hobart you'll understand the sea conditions over the event and what they can do to even the most well built racing
Wood is however, not all bad.
We turned back in one WA yacht race
to go to the help of a plywood
30 foot 'Dogger' - a Van de Stadt designed 1960's racer
/ cruiser. - who shot off some flares.
She's sprung a ply sheet on the bottom and by the time we got alongside, had settled so low her deck
was level with the ocean. Fortunately the seas were flat, and she was made of wood - for she also had her crew standing up to their waists in the cockpit
- and they were trimming the still drawing main and headsail as they headed back, like a submarine yacht, towards the mainland.
We along with several other particpants stood by whilst the rescue
They threw on a spare large pump which perched on the deckhouse spewing water
, and they ran more pump hoses over to eventually get even more freeboard as the two boats headed back shoreward tied alongside one another.
She made it back to Fremantle where she was lifted and sorted.
So accepting maybe wood in most cases might not match say GRP for strength - in this one instance it definately was the material that made that boat float to race