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Old 06-09-2008, 14:22   #1
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Some extreme sailing photos...

I came across these photos taken at the Volvo Extreme 40s race in the iShares Cup, Skandia Cowes Week 2008, Isle of Wight UK (photos by Sally Collison).

I used to do this all the time in my Hobie 16 . Well, kinda. Yeah, right...

Are they still sailing in the last photo? There's a wake!







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Old 06-09-2008, 14:27   #2
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I don't think that's called sailing. I think it is wishful hoping she will right herself. With a possible prayer thrown in....lol
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Hey Hud,
A little difficult to throw a riding line over the high side and flip it over on this cat!
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I can just hear the discussion now:


"WHY THE F--- DIDN'T YOU BLOW THE MAINSHEET!!!"

"WHY DIDN'T I? WHY DIDN'T YOU! I'M SUPPOSED TO BE THE GO- DAMN TACTICIAN!"

"AND YOU DON'T THINK BLOWING THE MAINSHEET WOULD HAVE BEEN A TACTICAL MOVE?!
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I can just hear the discussion now:


"WHY THE F--- DIDN'T YOU BLOW THE MAINSHEET!!!"

"WHY DIDN'T I? WHY DIDN'T YOU! I'M SUPPOSED TO BE THE GO- DAMN TACTICIAN!"

"AND YOU DON'T THINK BLOWING THE MAINSHEET WOULD HAVE BEEN A TACTICAL MOVE?!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Great ad lib
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Looks like they did dump the spinaker, and were still overpowered. At my age I get fatigued just looking at photos like these

Ahh... to be 40 something again....
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It does look like they are still sailing in the last photo but I don't think the "rail meat" is doing much good at that point.
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Anyone ever heard of a ballistic sea anchor? Who'd thunk there could be a need?
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You guys have it all wrong, they're just performing a "duck jibe" like a windsurfer. A bold move!
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Definitely not sailing. Hanging on for dear life...

My "cat" friends (nacras, vipers and twin cats) tell me that on some of these boats blowing the mainsheet is the last thing you want to do. The main sheet and mainsail leech become the backstay when going really fast downwind.

Blow the mainsheet with the spinnaker up and the mast snaps forward. No first hand knowledge but it makes sense to me.

This stuff is extreme
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