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Old 29-03-2008, 13:19   #1
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Team Alinghi's 60' Tri Flips

According to an article on Sailing Anarchy's website...

"Team Alinghi
was training in 20 knots of wind when boat flipped. Ed Baird was at the helm...Two Alinghi members have been heli lifted and they are thought to be OK."


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Did they say "20 knots"?????



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Old 29-03-2008, 13:26   #2
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That's interesting news, Hud3. You should post it to this thread:

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...-cup-13815.htm

Wow! Twenty knots! Who says A-Cup racing is boring?

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Edit: Don't know why that doesn't bring up the "What a shame about the America's Cup" thread in the Sailing Forum. I haven't had any luck with posting links lately. Is it just me?
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Tao,

Which thread was that? The link just took me to the main page.
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There's a thread in the Sailing Forum called "What a shame about the America's Cup" that swagman started on March 24th. I know the link copied correctly, it just doesn't go to right place.

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I wish there were a video of the incident. I just can't even imagine that wind level *doing* that.
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I wish there were a video of the incident. I just can't even imagine that wind level *doing* that.
Here's a video of a different 60' tri flying two hulls, while towing two kite surfers, in what to me looks to be less then 20 knots from the sea state. These are pretty wild boats. It certainly appears that they can easily carry enough sail to capsize in 20 knots in case of pilot error.



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Here's an update from the Alinghi website. Maybe these guys have never sailed beach cats before.

"Ed Baird, who was onboard, provides some insight into what happened: “As we were bearing away, always the highest risk situation on a multi-hull, both the leeward and the central hull dug into the water and the rudders came out. From then it was out of our hands and we capsized forwards. As the mast hit the water, it broke, followed by the rear beam.”

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