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Club Meeting March 4th, 2014

posted Feb 11, 2014, 12:18 PM by A Rice   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 9:28 PM ]
Tuesday March 4th, 2014

Vince DePillis moderated a discussion on a topic near and dear to every multihullers heart: CAPSIZE.

1. How to avoid it.
2. What kind of equipment should be aboard if it happens.
3. Recovering from the capsize.


We had a sobering exploration of capsize, with first hand accounts from Wayne Erickson, David Miller and Tom Speer, and video compilation from Alan Trimble.

Wayne's account is up on the website (Capsize of Almond Joy, below), and is required reading. We don't have a comprehensive writeup of the capsize of 3D, but I will not soon forget a couple of images-- using the tethers to hang on to the daggerboard- Tom Speer straddling the main hull, calculating that he would lose less body warmth if he maximized contact with the foam of the hull-- the rising boat that was so close they could hear the guys talking.

Alan Trimble's video compilation was striking, less for the spectacular hi-def images, of a racing tri being sailed right over, than for the blurry, grainy video of a 50 foot cruising cat upside down in the middle of the ocean. It's a big boat, and in that circumstance looked terribly small and vulnerable.

CAPSIZE! Resources:
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A Rice,
Mar 26, 2014, 9:24 PM
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A Rice,
Feb 11, 2014, 12:18 PM
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