Hi fellow yachties,
I am a reader, rarely a writer on this forum as there is a fair bit of 'this is better' sort of stuff. The reality it we sail fragile craft in an unpredicatable medium. Mono or multi, carbon or concrete, we are all bums on the water
at the whim of the weather
doing what we hope is our best with what we have at hand (be it due to dollars, knowlege or circumstance).
That being said: I can add a bit about capsize
. I just recently took the family
for a cruise
aboard our 50ft cat eDoc (aka TopGun) and flipped her.
At the last count I made 14 mistakes
. The biggest one was complacency.
1. Rising wind
and reef lines removed
2. Centreboards right down beating to windward at 14 knots
4. headsail sheet in self tailing winch
handle still in winch
6. windward (free) sheet in self tailer also
sheet in self tailer
8. mainsail winch with winch handle in it.
9. Bearing away to find a mark and unaware of power/apparent wind
10. Apparent wind rising to 30-35 knots as boatspeed exceeded 25
11. Leaving the helm
to check the mark.
12. Crew preparing for spinnaker
run and not on sheetlines.
13. When hull
lifting rounded up instead of dumping main and bearing away
14. No releasing main traveller.
There are probably others. I stuffed up. eDoc capsized in 4m of water
- so with a 24m stick she had a 'choc top' when hauled back over a couple of hours later. Only damage was to masthead instruments and lights and....my ego! My kids
throught it was a great adventure. The nine year old wants to do it again...