Obviously I've been following this thread with interest since we are in the final stages of taking delivery
of our new deamboat an A57. I've been in communication with Chris and he sent me the following. I mentioned that there was a lot of chatter and some negative and highly speculative comments but he's not familiar with (nor a member
of) this message board so I'm forward his reply. As some of you know, Chris is a very thoughtful and I'd say brilliant multihull designer
. I think if you read the articles on his website you will see that he's taking a very responsible approach to helping all sailors learn from this experience by adding to the body of knowledge from this unfortunate incident. Imho, exactly what a great designer
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This is the emailed response I received from Chris White:
"The unfortunate recent accident
of the the Atlantic 57, Anna, has the internet
chat boards buzzing with comments from both experienced and armchair sailors alike.
"There is no doubt that the Atlantic 57 is a powerful, high performance cruising catamaran
. Like any sailboat with excellent performance in light and medium winds it needs to have sail reduced in strong winds. Every competent sailor understands this.
"What is most important now is to take the opportunity, while everyone is paying attention, to examine in some detail how accidents of this type can be prevented. And further, how we might improve designs to allow for better survival of the crew should capsize occur.
"Two essays, a weather
analysis and some other pertinent information is presented at the following link.
"Thoughtful comments from multihull
sailors are always welcome. Flamethrowers can get a boat and go sailing offshore
, then we'll talk."
[signed] CW [Chris White]