Went out for a short late afternoon sail last week in 8-12 kts of wind
on a Capri
22. While sailing on a beam reach, the lower shroud
on the port side broke and before I could tack around to shift the load to the starboard side, the mast
snapped in half at the spreaders and then tore what was left of the mast
and step off the deck
when everything (mast, rigging
, sails) fell over the starboard side of the boat and into the water
(Recent post-mortem = T-bar fitting failure on the lower shroud)
Fortunately no one was injured (there were 3 of us on board) and the boat was small enough that we were able to drag everything out of the water
and back on board without knocking a hole in the hull
or cutting anyone and then motor
back to the slip.
Nothing I have read or talked about adequately prepared me for how fast all of this happens. It was like, pow...wtf..crash! Clearly an argument for inspecting and/or refitting one's standing rigging
on a "regular basis".