Originally Posted by Andrew Grace
Very much doubt they are faster than my 1160 lite, will take that bet any day of the week in a head to head race
Sorry Andrew, You may very well be right
A local Lightwave 38 generally had the legs on a Seawind 1000 and a standard
1160 with very new, very expensive sails
in our local harbour race
series. Like any scientific test it requires a large enough data sample or one has to rely on ones "gut feeling".
For those interested a friend interviewed the Tin Can Bay Coast gard after the Ridgee Didge capsize
The facts regarding the Lightwave prang are:
(1) The Skipper
crossed the Bar at Low Tide … THE RULE
IS: the only time to cross any sand bar is at high tide, or close to! He had not checked the tide charts
(2) The Skipper
chose to cross at night! Visibility at night has to be nonsense! To add to his terror he was catapulted from the yacht when the mast
dug into the sandy bottom and broke off.
(3) He chose to cross with both engines powering the yacht, which makes sense … however, his rescuers claim he was driving the yacht too fast.
The Crew of Ridgee Didge did an article for one of the Aus sailing magazines after the event.
It may have contradicted some of these "FACTS" mentioned above.
Like anything , the truth probably lies in the middle somewhere.
I'm guessing this capsize may have been discussed here at the time. The search function should find it.